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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785670/polymorphic-imprinting-of-slc38a4-gene-in-bovine-placenta
#1
Da Xu, Cui Zhang, Junliang Li, Guannan Wang, Weina Chen, Dongjie Li, Shijie Li
Imprinted genes are characterized by monoallelic expression that is dependent on parental origin. Comparative analysis of imprinted genes between species is a powerful tool for understanding the biological significance of genomic imprinting. The slc38a4 gene encodes a neutral amino acid transporter and is identified as imprinted in mice. In this study, the imprinting status of SLC38A4 was assessed in bovine adult tissues and placenta using a polymorphism-based approach. Results indicate that SLC38A4 is not imprinted in eight adult bovine tissues including heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, muscle, fat, and brain...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774535/physiology-and-molecular-biology-of-barrier-mechanisms-in-the-fetal-and-neonatal-brain
#2
Norman R Saunders, Katarzyna M Dziegielewska, Kjeld Møllgård, Mark D Habgood
Properties of the local internal environment of the adult brain are tightly controlled providing a stable milieu essential for its normal function. The mechanisms involved in this complex control are structural, molecular and physiological (influx and efflux transporters) frequently referred to as the "blood-brain barrier". These mechanisms include regulation of ion levels in brain interstitial fluid essential for normal neuronal function, supply of nutrients, removal of metabolic products and prevention of entry or elimination of toxic agents...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769037/a-method-for-estimating-relative-changes-in-the-synaptic-density-in-drosophila-central-nervous-system
#3
Dipti Rai, Swagata Dey, Krishanu Ray
BACKGROUND: Synapse density is an essential indicator of development and functioning of the central nervous system. It is estimated indirectly through the accumulation of pre and postsynaptic proteins in tissue sections. 3D reconstruction of the electron microscopic images in serial sections is one of the most definitive means of estimating the formation of active synapses in the brain. It is tedious and highly skill-dependent. Confocal imaging of whole mounts or thick sections of the brain provides a natural alternative for rapid gross estimation of the synapse density in large areas...
May 16, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755338/a-review-of-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-in-parkinson-s-disease
#4
REVIEW
Isobel T French, Kalai A Muthusamy
The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) is situated in the upper pons in the dorsolateral portion of the ponto-mesencephalic tegmentum. Its main mass is positioned at the trochlear nucleus level, and is part of the mesenphalic locomotor region (MLR) in the upper brainstem. The human PPN is divided into two subnuclei, the pars compacta (PPNc) and pars dissipatus (PPNd), and constitutes both cholinergic and non-cholinergic neurons with afferent and efferent projections to the cerebral cortex, thalamus, basal ganglia (BG), cerebellum, and spinal cord...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752427/molecular-basis-of-brain-ras-in-cardiovascular-and-neurological-disorders-uncovering-a-key-role-for-the-astroglial-at1r
#5
Dhanush Haspula, Michelle A Clark
The central renin angiotensin system (RAS) is one of the most widely investigated cardiovascular systems in the brain. It is implicated in a myriad of cardiovascular diseases. However, studies from the last decade have identified its involvement in several neurological abnormalities. Understanding the molecular functionality of the various RAS components can thus provide considerable insight into the phenotypic differences and mechanistic drivers of not just cardiovascular, but also neurological disorders. Since activation of one of its primary receptors, the angiotensin type-1 receptor (AT1R) results in an augmentation of oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokines, it becomes essential to investigate not just neuronal RAS, but also glial RAS as well...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746906/multi-subject-hierarchical-inverse-covariance-modelling-improves-estimation-of-functional-brain-networks
#6
Giles L Colclough, Mark W Woolrich, Samuel J Harrison, Pedro A Rojas López, Pedro A Valdes-Sosa, Stephen M Smith
A Bayesian model for sparse, hierarchical inverse covariance estimation is presented, and applied to multi-subject functional connectivity estimation in the human brain. It enables simultaneous inference of the strength of connectivity between brain regions at both subject and population level, and is applicable to fmri, meg and eeg data. Two versions of the model can encourage sparse connectivity, either using continuous priors to suppress irrelevant connections, or using an explicit description of the network structure to estimate the connection probability between each pair of regions...
May 7, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721406/focused-ultrasound-augmented-delivery-of-biodegradable-multifunctional-nanoplatforms-for-imaging-guided-brain-tumor-treatment
#7
Meiying Wu, Wenting Chen, Yu Chen, Haixian Zhang, Chengbo Liu, Zhiting Deng, Zonghai Sheng, Jingqin Chen, Xin Liu, Fei Yan, Hairong Zheng
The blood brain barrier is the main obstacle to delivering diagnostic and therapeutic agents to the diseased sites of brain. It is still of great challenge for the combined use of focused ultrasound (FUS) and theranostic nanotechnology to achieve noninvasive and localized delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs into orthotopic brain tumor. In this work, a unique theranostic nanoplatform for highly efficient photoacoustic imaging - guided chemotherapy of brain tumor both in vitro and in vivo, which is based on the utilization of hollow mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (HMONs) to integrate ultrasmall Cu2- x Se particles on the surface and doxorubicin inside the hollow interior, is synthesized...
April 2018: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704690/a-systematic-review-of-the-semi-sitting-position-in-neurosurgical-patients-with-patent-foramen-ovale-how-frequent-is-paradoxical-embolism
#8
REVIEW
Johann Klein, Tareq A Juratli, Matthias Weise, Gabriele Schackert
The semi-sitting position is preferred in some surgeries of the posterior fossa and the cervical spine. At the same time, it is associated with the risk of air embolism. In the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) with intracardial right-to-left shunt, an air embolism can result in a paradoxical embolism to the heart or brain. It is unclear whether the risk-benefit ratio favors the semi-sitting position in this scenario. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review of the relevant studies published after 2007 by searching the databases PubMed, Science Direct and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for relevant articles...
April 25, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29690824/performance-evaluation-of-a-multiplex-assay-for-simultaneous-detection-of-four-clinically-relevant-tbi-biomarkers
#9
Frederick Kofi Korley, John K Yue, David Wilson, Kevin Hrusovsky, Ramon Diaz-Arrasta, Adam R Ferguson, Esther Lim Yuh, Pratik Mukherjee, Kevin K W Wang, Alex Valadka, Ava Puccio, David O Okonkwo, Geoffrey Manley
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in heterogeneous pathology affecting multiple cells and tissue types in the brain. It is likely that assessment of such complexity will require simultaneous measurement of multiple molecular biomarkers in a single sample of biological fluid. We measured glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1), neurofilament light chain (NF-L) and total tau in plasma samples obtained from 107 subjects enrolled in the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot (TRACK-TBI Pilot) Study using the Quanterix Simoa 4-Plex assay...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684510/the-rodent-tibia-fracture-model-a-critical-review-and-comparison-with-the-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-literature
#10
REVIEW
Frank Birklein, Alaa Ibrahim, Tanja Schlereth, Wade S Kingery
Distal limb fracture is the most common cause of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), thus the rodent tibia fracture model (TFM) was developed to study CRPS pathogenesis. This comprehensive review summarizes the published TFM research and compares these experimental results with the CRPS literature. The TFM generated spontaneous and evoked pain behaviors, inflammatory symptoms (edema, warmth) and trophic changes (skin thickening, osteoporosis) resembling symptoms in early CRPS. Neuropeptides, inflammatory cytokines, and nerve growth factor (NGF) have been linked to pain behaviors, inflammation, and trophic changes in the TFM model and proliferating keratinocytes were identified as the primary source of cutaneous cytokines and NGF...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677623/cerebrospinal-fluid-fgf23-levels-correlate-with-a-measure-of-impulsivity
#11
Hui Li, Zhiyong Cao, Jinzhong Xu, Fan Wang, Rongrong Xiong, Zeping Xu, Xianming Luo, Guohua Li, Xingqi Tan, Zhiyang Liu, Zhiqin Gao, Yimin Kang, Jian Xiao, Yanlong Liu, Xiaokun Li
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is a bone-derived protein produced mainly by osteocytes and osteoblasts and at low levels in specific parts of the brain. It has been shown to associate with mood regulation. Lithium treatment gives rise to significant elevations of serum FGF23 levels in depressive patients. High peripheral blood FGF23 levels correlated with poor cognitive performance in hemodialysis patients. However, no direct evidence demonstrates a relationship between FGF23 and mood regulation. In this study, we aimed to measure the concentration of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) FGF23 and to explore its relationship with a cluster of emotional characteristics...
April 12, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656335/role-of-microglia-under-cardiac-and-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-i-r-injury
#12
REVIEW
Poomarin Surinkaew, Passakorn Sawaddiruk, Nattayaporn Apaijai, Nipon Chattipakorn, Siriporn C Chattipakorn
Both cerebral and cardiac ischemia causes loss of cerebral blood flow, which may lead to neuronal cell damage, neurocognitive impairment, learning and memory difficulties, neurological deficits, and brain death. Although reperfusion is required immediately to restore the blood supply to the brain, it could lead to several detrimental effects on the brain. Several studies demonstrate that microglia activity increases following cerebral and cardiac ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) injury. However, the effects of microglial activation in the brain following I/R remains unclear...
April 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628558/comparison-of-inhalational-vital-capacity-induction-with-sevoflurane-to-intravenous-induction-with-propofol-for-insertion-of-laryngeal-mask-airway-in-adults-a-randomized-study
#13
Vinaya Udaybhaskar, Amol Singam, Himanshu Dodeja, Karuna Taksande
Background: Since the development of laryngeal mask airway (LMA) by Dr. Brain, it is extensively used for airway management; satisfactory insertion of LMA requires administration of an induction agent and suppression of airway reflexes. Among intravenous agents, propofol has been the drug of choice in view of better safety profile, relaxation and depression of upper airway reflexes. Sevoflurane on the other hand, with pleasant odor, nonirritating to the airways and with bronchodilator property are best among the volatile induction agents...
January 2018: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626707/longitudinal-association-between-psychosocial-stress-and-retinal-microvasculature-in-children-and-adolescents
#14
Carola J C Van Aart, Tim S Nawrot, Isabelle Sioen, Patrick De Boever, Mahmoud Zaqout, Stefaan De Henauw, Nathalie Michels
BACKGROUND: Retinal microvessels provides a window to assess the microcirculation of heart and brain, and might reflect cardio- or cerebrovascular disease risk. Limited information exist on the relation between psychosocial stress and the microcirculation, even though psychosocial stress might trigger vascular diseases. This study investigates whether childhood psychosocial stress is a predictor of retinal microvasculature. METHODS: We followed-up 182 Belgian children, aged 5...
March 30, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625923/wilson-s-disease-a-2017-update
#15
Aurélia Poujois, France Woimant
Wilson's disease (WD) is characterised by a deleterious accumulation of copper in the liver and brain. It is one of those rare genetic disorders that benefits from effective and lifelong treatments that have dramatically transformed the prognosis of the disease. In Europe, its clinical prevalence is estimated at between 1.2 and 2/100,000 but the genetic prevalence is higher, at around 1/7000. Incomplete penetrance of the gene or the presence of modifier genes may account for the difference between the calculated genetic prevalence and the number of patients diagnosed with WD...
April 3, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29620691/do-antipsychotics-thin-the-brain-it-is-a-rather-gray-matter
#16
Ronald W Pies
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April 3, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609003/fluoride-induces-apoptosis-via-inhibiting-sirt1-activity-to-activate-mitochondrial-p53-pathway-in-human-neuroblastoma-sh-sy5y-cells
#17
Wei Tu, Qian Zhang, Yin Liu, Lianyong Han, Qin Wang, Panpan Chen, Shun Zhang, Aiguo Wang, Xue Zhou
There has been a great concern about the neurotoxicity of fluoride since it can pass through the blood-brain barrier and accumulate in the brain. It has been suggested that apoptosis plays a vital role in neurotoxicity of fluoride. However, whether p53-mediated apoptotic pathway is involved is still unclear. Our results showed that apoptosis was induced after treatment with 40 and 60 mg/L of NaF for 24 h in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. Exposure to 60 mg/L of NaF for 24 h significantly upregulated the levels of p53 and apoptosis-related proteins including PUMA, cytochrome c (cyto c), cleaved caspase-3 and cleaved PARP, whereas downregulated Bcl-2 in SH-SY5Y cells...
March 30, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29577885/primary-microglia-isolation-from-mixed-cell-cultures-of-neonatal-mouse-brain-tissue
#18
Jérôme Roy
BACKGROUND: Microglia are the main resident immunological cells of the central nervous system (CNS) that are functionally equivalent to macrophages. However, due to the cellular heterogeneity of the brain, it is technically challenging to obtain highly specific, healthy microglia with the desired phenotype in sufficient yield for in vivo experiments. NEW METHOD: This study presents a new and easy method for the isolation of microglia cells from mouse pups (P1-P3)...
March 22, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571967/functional-mechanism-of-asp5736-a-selective-serotonin-5-ht-5a-receptor-antagonist-with-potential-utility-for-the-treatment-of-cognitive-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia
#19
Mayako Yamazaki, Noriyuki Yamamoto, Junko Yarimizu, Mayuko Okabe, Ai Moriyama, Masako Furutani, Monica M Marcus, Torgny H Svensson, Katsuya Harada
The 5-HT5A receptor is arguably the least understood 5-HT receptor. Despite widespread expression in human and rodent brains it lacks specific ligands. Our previous results suggest that 5-HT5A receptor antagonists may be effective against cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. In this study, using behavioral, immunohistochemical, electrophysiological and microdialysis techniques, we examined the mechanism by which ASP5736, a novel and selective 5-HT5A receptor antagonist, exerts a positive effect in animal models of cognitive impairment...
March 20, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29567966/intravenous-administration-of-anti-inflammatory-mesenchymal-stem-cell-spheroids-reduces-chronic-alcohol-intake-and-abolishes-binge-drinking
#20
Fernando Ezquer, Paola Morales, María Elena Quintanilla, Daniela Santapau, Carolyne Lespay-Rebolledo, Marcelo Ezquer, Mario Herrera-Marschitz, Yedy Israel
Chronic alcohol intake leads to neuroinflammation and astrocyte dysfunction, proposed to perpetuate alcohol consumption and to promote conditioned relapse-like binge drinking. In the present study, human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were cultured in 3D-conditions to generate MSC-spheroids, which greatly increased MSCs anti-inflammatory ability and reduced cell volume by 90% versus conventionally 2D-cultured MSCs, enabling their intravenous administration and access to the brain. It is shown, in an animal model of chronic ethanol intake and relapse-drinking, that both the intravenous and intra-cerebroventricular administration of a single dose of MSC-spheroids inhibited chronic ethanol intake and relapse-like drinking by 80-90%, displaying significant effects over 3-5 weeks...
March 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
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