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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149768/mitochondrial-dna-changes-in-pedunculopontine-cholinergic-neurons-in-parkinson-s
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Alexander G Bury, Angela Pyle, Joanna L Elson, Laura Greaves, Christopher M Morris, Gavin Hudson, Ilse S Pienaar
In Parkinson's disease (PD), mitochondrial dysfunction associates with nigral dopaminergic neuronal loss. Cholinergic neuronal loss co-occurs, particularly within a brainstem structure, the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN). We isolated single cholinergic neurons from post-mortem PPNs of aged controls and PD patients. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number and mtDNA deletions were increased significantly in PD patients compared to controls. Furthermore, compared to controls the PD patients had significantly more PPN cholinergic neurons containing mtDNA deletion levels exceeding 60%, a level associated with deleterious effects on oxidative phosphorylation...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149763/formulation-and-anti-neurotoxic-activity-of-baicalein-incorporating-neutral-nanoliposome
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Farhang Aliakbari, Ali Akbar Shabani, Hassan Bardania, Hossein Mohammad-Beigi, Amir Tayaranian Marvian, Faezeh Dehghani Esmatabad, Abbas Ali Vafaei, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Ali Akbar Saboury, Gunna Christiansen, Daniel E Otzen, Dina Morshedi
Despite extensive studies of the effects of herbal-derived small molecules in the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, their low solubility and stability remain a challenge. Here we focus on baicalein, a small molecule showing potential against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. However, therapeutic usage in vivo is challenged by low solubility and stability. To address this we have applied neutrally-charged nanoliposome (NLP) as carrier for baicalein. Baicalein was incorporated into NLP to form NLP-Ba at molar baicalain:lipid ratios of up to 1:3, giving a drug entrapment efficiency of 96...
November 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149290/discovering-the-3-utr-mediated-regulation-of-alpha-synuclein
#3
Domenica Marchese, Teresa Botta-Orfila, Davide Cirillo, Juan Antonio Rodriguez, Carmen Maria Livi, Rubén Fernández-Santiago, Mario Ezquerra, Maria J Martí, Elias Bechara, Gian Gaetano Tartaglia
Recent evidence indicates a link between Parkinson's Disease (PD) and the expression of a-synuclein (SNCA) isoforms with different 3' untranslated regions (3'UTRs). Yet, the post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating SNCA expression are unknown. Using a large-scale in vitro/in silico screening we identified RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that interact with SNCA 3' UTRs. We identified two RBPs, ELAVL1 and TIAR, that bind with high affinity to the most abundant and translationally active 3' UTR isoform (575 nt)...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149058/neurotrophic-and-neuroregenerative-effects-of-gh-igf1
#4
Vittorio Emanuele Bianchi, Vittorio Locatelli, Laura Rizzi
INTRODUCTION: Human neurodegenerative diseases increase progressively with age and present a high social and economic burden. Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are both growth factors exerting trophic effects on neuronal regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). GH and IGF-1 stimulate protein synthesis in neurons, glia, oligodendrocytes, and Schwann cells, and favor neuronal survival, inhibiting apoptosis. This study aims to evaluate the effect of GH and IGF-1 on neurons, and their possible therapeutic clinical applications on neuron regeneration in human subjects...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148896/prooxidant-antioxidant-balance-advanced-oxidation-protein-products-and-lipid-peroxidation-in-serbian-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Jadranka Miletić, Dunja Drakulić, Snežana Pejić, Marijana Petković, Tihomir V Ilić, Milica Miljković, Aleksandra Stefanović, Milica Prostran, Marina Stojanov
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers of oxidative stress are relevant in the evaluation of the disease status and prooxidant-antioxidant balance, advanced oxidation protein products and lipid peroxidation products (malondialdehyde and 4-hydroxynonenal) are being extensively evaluated regarding their relationship with clinical presentation and disease severity. The aim of study was to evaluate the levels of above mentioned parameters in plasma of 39 men and 17 women with Parkinson's disease, originated from the Republic of Serbia and their relation to clinicopathological characteristics (gender, age at examination, duration of the disease, and Hoehn and Yahr score) and oxidative status...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148136/effects-of-sensitive-electrical-stimulation-based-somatosensory-cueing-in-parkinson-s-disease-gait-and-freezing-of-gait-assessment
#6
Benoît Sijobert, Christine Azevedo, David Andreu, Claudia Verna, Christian Geny
This study aims to investigate the effect of a somatosensory cueing on gait disorders in subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD). After having performed stepping in place and timed up and go assessing tasks, 13 participants with PD were equipped with an electrical stimulator and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) located under the lateral malleolus on the sagittal plane. Electrodes were positioned under the arch of the foot and electrical stimulation (ES) parameters (five 500 µs/phase charge-balanced biphasic pulses delivered at 200 Hz, repeated four times at 10 Hz) adjusted to deliver a sensitive signal...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148118/role-of-the-combination-of-fa-and-t2-parameters-as-a-new-diagnostic-method-in-therapeutic-evaluation-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Yuan Fang, Tao Zheng, Lanxiang Liu, Dawei Gao, Qinglei Shi, Yanchao Dong, Dan Du
BACKGROUND: Simple diffusion delivery (SDD) has attained good effects with only tiny amounts of drugs. Fractional anisotropy (FA) and relaxation time T2* that indicate the integrity of fiber tracts and iron concentration within brain tissue were used to evaluate the therapeutic effect of SDD. PURPOSE: To evaluate therapeutic effect of SDD in the Parkinson's disease (PD) rat model with FA and T2* parameters. STUDY TYPE: Prospective case-control animal study...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147911/dj-1-as-a-therapeutic-target-against-cancer
#8
Ji Cao, Xiaobing Chen, Meidan Ying, Qiaojun He, Bo Yang
DJ-1 is a gene involved in various cellular processes, including transcriptional regulation, oxidative stress response, fertilization, mitochondrial regulation, inflammatory and fibrogenic niche formation, and glycation damage prevention. Although a disease-associated genetic study within the past decade has demonstrated that the mutation of DJ-1 is associated with autosomal early-onset Parkinson's disease, increasing evidence suggests that DJ-1 also plays a critical role in tumor development and progression...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147910/therapeutic-activities-of-dj-1-and-its-binding-compounds-against-neurodegenerative-diseases
#9
Masatoshi Inden, Daijiro Yanagisawa, Masanori Hijioka, Hiroyoshi Ariga, Yoshihisa Kitamura
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is primarily characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal pathway. Loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding PARK7/DJ-1 were identified in familial PD. Wild-type DJ-1 acts as an oxidative stress sensor in neural cells. Previously, we identified binding compounds of DJ-1, including UCP0045037/compound A, UCP0054278/compound B, and compound-23 (comp-23), by in silico virtual screening. These compounds prevented oxidative stress-induced dopaminergic neuronal death and restored locomotion defects in animal models of PD...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147908/dj-1-as-a-biomarker-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Yoshiro Saito
Parkinson's disease is a progressive, age-related, neurodegenerative disorder, and oxidative stress is an important mediator in its pathogenesis. DJ-1 has been identified as a causative gene of a familial form of Parkinson's disease, PARK7, and plays a significant role in antioxidative defense, protecting cells from oxidative stress. A cysteine residue of DJ-1 at position 106 (Cys-106) is preferentially oxidized under oxidative stress. This reactive Cys-106 plays a critical role in the biological function of DJ-1, which could act as a sensor of oxidative stress by regulating antioxidative defense depending on Cys-106 oxidation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147906/regulation-of-signal-transduction-by-dj-1
#11
Stephanie E Oh, M Maral Mouradian
The ability of DJ-1 to modulate signal transduction has significant effects on how the cell regulates normal processes such as growth, senescence, apoptosis, and autophagy to adapt to changing environmental stimuli and stresses. Perturbations of DJ-1 levels or function can disrupt the equilibrium of homeostatic signaling networks and set off cascades that play a role in the pathogenesis of conditions such as cancer and Parkinson's disease.DJ-1 plays a major role in various pathways. It mediates cell survival and proliferation by activating the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) pathway and the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147905/transcriptional-regulation-of-dj-1
#12
Kazuko Takahashi-Niki, Takeshi Niki, Sanae M M Iguchi-Ariga, Hiroyoshi Ariga
DJ-1 is an oncogene and also a causative gene for familial Parkinson's disease. DJ-1 has various functions, and the oxidative status of a cysteine residue at position 106 (C106) is crucial for determination of the activation level of DJ-1.DJ-1 binds to many proteins, including various transcription factors, and acts as a coactivator or corepressor for regulating their target genes without direct binding to DNA, thereby affecting various cell functions. DJ-1-regulating transcription factors and their modified proteins are the androgen receptor and its regulatory proteins, p53; polypyrimidine tract-binding protein-associated splicing factor (PSF); Keap1, an inhibitor for nuclear factor erythroid2-related factor 2 (Nrf2); sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP); Ras-responsive element-binding protein (RREB1); signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1); and Nurr1...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147904/the-multifaceted-roles-of-dj-1-as-an-antioxidant
#13
Prahlad V Raninga, Giovanna Di Trapani, Kathryn F Tonissen
The DJ-1 protein was originally linked with Parkinson's disease and is now known to have antioxidant functions. The protein has three redox-sensitive cysteine residues, which are involved in its dimerisation and functional properties. A mildly oxidised form of DJ-1 is the most active form and protects cells from oxidative stress conditions. DJ-1 functions as an antioxidant through a variety of mechanisms, including a weak direct antioxidant activity by scavenging reactive oxygen species. DJ-1 also regulates a number of signalling pathways, including the inhibition of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1)-induced apoptosis under oxidative stress conditions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147901/expression-of-dj-1-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
#14
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/29147900/structural-biology-of-the-dj-1-superfamily
#15
Nathan Smith, Mark A Wilson
The DJ-1 (also called the DJ-1/PfpI, ThiJ/PfpI, or DJ-1/ThiJ/PfpI) superfamily is a structural and functional diverse group of proteins that are present in most organisms. Many of these proteins remain poorly characterized at the biochemical level, but include some known chaperones, proteases, and various stress response proteins that remain mechanistically mysterious. This chapter outlines what is known from a structural perspective about the cellular and biochemical functions of many of these proteins from distinct clades of the superfamily in several organisms...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147899/introduction-overview
#16
Hiroyoshi Ariga, Sanae M M Iguchi-Ariga
The DJ-1 gene is an oncogene and also causative gene for a familial form of Parkinson disease. Although exits of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson disease, are completely opposite, there are some common points of view between both diseases, including growth and death signaling pathways, and oxidative stresses affect the onset and pathogenesis of both cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. DJ-1 has versatile functions and plays a role in protection against oxidative stress. Inactivation and/or excess activation of DJ-1 functions, therefore, leads to onsets of oxidative stress-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and male infertility in addition to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, and studies about DJ-1 will give rise to the common mechanism among these diseases...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147836/effects-of-saffron%C3%A2-and-its-constituents-%C3%A2-crocin-1-crocin-2-and-crocetin-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibrils
#17
Eiji Inoue, Yasuharu Shimizu, Ryo Masui, Tomomi Hayakawa, Tomoe Tsubonoya, Satoko Hori, Keiichi Sudoh
Saffron, the stigma of Crocus sativus Linné (Iridaceae family), has been known to inhibit aggregation of β-amyloid, a nerve tissue protein. α-Synuclein (αS) is a 140-amino acid protein found abundantly in various regions of the brain. Its abnormal aggregation and accumulation in nerve tissue are said to cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, and multiple-system atrophy. This study (part of this study was presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan) examined the effects of saffron, its constituents (crocin-1, crocin-2, crocetin, and safranal), and crocetin structural analogs (hexadecanedioic acid, norbixin, and trans, trans-muconic acid) on αS aggregation, and αS fibril dissociation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147598/dbs-programming-an-evolving-approach-for-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Aparna Wagle Shukla, Pam Zeilman, Hubert Fernandez, Jawad A Bajwa, Raja Mehanna
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is a well-established therapy for control of motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. Despite an appropriate targeting and an accurate placement of DBS lead, a thorough and efficient programming is critical for a successful clinical outcome. DBS programming is a time consuming and laborious manual process. The current approach involves use of general guidelines involving determination of the lead type, electrode configuration, impedance check, and battery check. However there are no validated and well-established programming protocols...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147597/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-parkinson-s-disease-activities-of-daily-living-scale
#19
Stina B Jonasson, Peter Hagell, Gun-Marie Hariz, Susanne Iwarsson, Maria H Nilsson
Objective: To evaluate a set of psychometric properties (i.e., data completeness, targeting, and external construct validity) of the Parkinson's disease Activities of Daily Living Scale (PADLS) in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Specific attention was paid to the association between PADLS and PD severity, according to the Hoehn & Yahr (H&Y) staging. Methods: The sample included 251 persons with PD (mean age 70 [SD 9] years). Data collection comprised a self-administered postal survey, structured interviews, and clinical assessments at home visits...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147153/successful-aortic-banding-for-type-ia-endoleak-due-to-neck-dilatation-after-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-case-report
#20
Yasushi Tashima, Koichi Tamai, Takehiro Shirasugi, Kenichiro Sato, Takahiro Yamamoto, Yusuke Imamura, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Hideo Adachi, Toshiyuki Kobinata
A 69-year-old man with a type IA endoleak that developed approximately 21 months after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) of a 46 mm diameter aneurysm was referred to our department. He had impaired renal function, Parkinson's disease, and previous cerebral infarction. Computed tomography angiography showed a type IA endoleak with neck dilatation and that the aneurysm had grown to 60 mm in diameter. We decided to perform aortic banding. The type IA endoleak disappeared after banding and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 10...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
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