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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911321/the-effects-of-meditation-on-grey-matter-atrophy-and-neurodegeneration-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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Nicole Last, Emily Tufts, Leslie E Auger
The present systematic review is based on the premise that a variety of neurodegenerative diseases are accompanied by grey matter atrophy in the brain and meditation may impact this. Given that age is a major risk factor for many of these progressive and neurodegenerative diseases and that the percentage of the population over the age of 65 is quickly increasing, there is an obvious need for prompt treatment and prevention advances in research. As there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, many are seeking non-pharmacological treatment options in attempts to offset the disease-related cognitive and functional declines...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911307/a-high-cholesterol-diet-increases-27-hydroxycholesterol-and-modifies-estrogen-receptor-expression-and-neurodegeneration-in-rabbit-hippocampus
#2
Sylwia W Brooks, Ava C Dykes, Bernard G Schreurs
Hypercholesterolemia has been implicated in numerous health problems from cardiovascular disease to neurodegeneration. High serum cholesterol levels in midlife have been associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) later in life which suggests that the pathways leading to AD pathology might be activated decades before the symptoms of the disease are detected. Cholesterol-fed animals, particularly cholesterol-fed rabbits, exhibit brain pathology similar to the changes found in brains of AD patients...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911301/tau-platelets-correlate-with-regional-brain%C3%A2-atrophy-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease
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Andrea Slachevsky, Leonardo Guzmán-Martínez, Carolina Delgado, Pablo Reyes, Gonzalo A Farías, Carlos Muñoz-Neira, Eduardo Bravo, Mauricio Farías, Patricia Flores, Cristian Garrido, James T Becker, Oscar L López, Ricardo B Maccioni
BACKGROUND: Intracellular neurofibrillary tangles are part of the core pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which are mainly composed of hyperphosphorylated tau protein. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to determine whether high molecular weight (HMW) or low molecular weight (LMW) tau protein levels, as well as the ratio HMW/LMW, present in platelets correlates with brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) structural changes in normal and cognitively impaired subjects...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911004/a-comparison-of-the-neuropsychological-profiles-of-people-living-in-squalor-without-hoarding-to-those-living-in-squalor-associated-with-hoarding
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Sook Meng Lee, Matthew Lewis, Deborah Leighton, Ben Harris, Brian Long, Stephen Macfarlane
OBJECTIVE: Squalor affects 1 in 1000 older people and is regarded as a secondary condition to other primary disorders such as dementia, intellectual impairment and alcohol abuse. Squalor frequently is associated with hoarding behaviour. We compared the neuropsychological profile of people living in squalor associated with hoarding to those presenting with squalor only. METHODS: This study is a retrospective case series of hospital inpatient and community healthcare services of 69 people living in squalor (49 from aged care, 16 from aged psychiatry, 3 from acute medical and 1 from a memory clinic)...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910891/elevated-cerebral-spinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-children-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-i-h
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Gerald V Raymond, Marzia Pasquali, Lynda E Polgreen, Patricia I Dickson, Weston P Miller, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type-IH is a lysosomal storage disease that results from mutations in the IDUA gene causing the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Historically, children with the severe phenotype, MPS-IH (Hurler syndrome) develop progressive neurodegeneration with death in the first decade due to cardio-pulmonary complications. New data suggest that inflammation may play a role in MPS pathophysiology. To date there is almost no information on the pathophysiologic changes within the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) of these patients...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909242/beneficial-effects-of-rapamycin-in-a-drosophila-model-for-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
#6
Shiyu Xu, Michael Stern, James A McNew
The locomotor deficits in the hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) reflect degeneration of upper motor neurons, but the mechanisms underlying this neurodegeneration are unknown. We established a Drosophila model for the HSP atlastin (atl), which encodes an ER fusion protein. Here we show that neuronal atl loss causes degeneration of specific thoracic muscles that is preceded by other pathologies including accumulation of aggregates containing poly-ubiquitin (poly-UB), increased generation of reactive oxygen species, and activation of the JNK/Foxo stress response pathway...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908752/n-propargylpiperidines-with-naphthalene-2-carboxamide-or-naphthalene-2-sulfonamide-moieties-potential-multifunctional-anti-alzheimer-s-agents
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Urban Košak, Damijan Knez, Nicolas Coquelle, Boris Brus, Anja Pišlar, Florian Nachon, Xavier Brazzolotto, Janko Kos, Jacques-Philippe Colletier, Stanislav Gobec
In the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the enzymatic activities of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) are increased. While BChE is a viable therapeutic target for alleviation of symptoms caused by cholinergic hypofunction, MAO-B is a potential therapeutic target for prevention of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease. Starting with piperidine-based selective human (h)BChE inhibitors and propargylamine-based MAO inhibitors, we have designed, synthesized and biochemically evaluated a series of N-propargylpiperidines...
November 19, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908425/copper-accumulation-in-rodent-brain-astrocytes-a-species-difference
#8
Brendan Sullivan, Gregory Robison, Yulia Pushkar, John K Young, Kebreten F Manaye
Changes in Cu homeostasis have been implicated in multiple neurodegenerative diseases. Factors controlling and regulating the distribution of Cu in the brain remain largely unknown. We have previously reported that a sub-set of astrocytes in the subventricular zone (SVZ) contain Cu-rich aggregates. Here we expand previous studies with detailed X-ray fluorescent imaging (XRF) analysis of the additional brain areas of hippocampus (HP) and rostral migratory stream (RMS). We also use conventional DAB (3,3'-diaminobenzidine) staining which accesses both peroxidase and pseudo-peroxidase activities...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904824/metachromatic-leukodystrophy-biochemical-characterization-of-two-p-307glu%C3%A2-lys-p-318trp%C3%A2-cys-arylsulfatase-a-mutations
#9
Adem Özkan, Hatice Asuman Özkara
Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is a lysosomal storage disease caused by Arylsulfatase A (ASA) deficiency. The hallmark of the disease is central and peripheral neurodegeneration. More than 200 mutations have been identified in ARSA gene so far. Some of these mutations were characterized. The aim of this study is to reinforce genotype-phenotype correlation and to understand the effect of mutations on the enzyme by biochemical characterization. Two missense mutations (c.919G→A, p.307Glu→Lys and c.954G→T, p...
November 2016: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904477/axon-injury-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-neurodegeneration
#10
REVIEW
Yang Hu
Injury to central nervous system axons is a common early characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases. Depending on its location and the type of neuron, axon injury often leads to axon degeneration, retrograde neuronal cell death and progressive permanent loss of vital neuronal functions. Although these sequential events are clearly connected, ample evidence indicates that neuronal soma and axon degenerations are active autonomous processes with distinct molecular mechanisms. By exploiting the anatomical and technical advantages of the retinal ganglion cell (RGC)/optic nerve (ON) system, we demonstrated that inhibition of the PERK-eIF2α-CHOP pathway and activation of the X-box binding protein 1 pathway synergistically protect RGC soma and axon, and preserve visual function, in both acute ON traumatic injury and chronic glaucomatous neuropathy...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903866/nigral-dopaminergic-pak4-prevents-neurodegeneration-in-rat-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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So-Yoon Won, Mee-Hee Park, Soon-Tae You, Seung-Won Choi, Hyong-Kyu Kim, Catriona McLean, Suk-Chul Bae, Sang Ryong Kim, Byung Kwan Jin, Kun Ho Lee, Eun-Young Shin, Eung-Gook Kim
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra. No neuroprotective treatments have successfully prevented the progression of this disease. We report that p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) is a key survival factor for DA neurons. We observed PAK4 immunoreactivity in rat and human DA neurons in brain tissue, but not in microglia or astrocytes. PAK4 activity was markedly decreased in postmortem brain tissue from PD patients and in rodent models of PD...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903648/evidence-against-a-role-for-the-parkinsonism-associated-protein-dj-1-in-methylglyoxal-detoxification
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Daniel H Pfaff, Thomas Fleming, Peter Nawroth, Aurelio A Teleman
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a reactive metabolite that forms adducts on lysine and arginine residues of proteins, thereby affecting their function. Methylglyoxal is detoxified by the Glyoxalase system, consisting of two enzymes, Glo1 and Glo2, that act sequentially to convert MG into D-lactate. Recently, the Parkinsonism-associated protein DJ-1 was described in vitro to have glyoxalase activity, thereby detoxifying the MG metabolite, or deglycase activity, thereby removing the adduct formed by MG on proteins. Since Drosophila is an established model system to study signaling, neurodegeneration and metabolic regulation in vivo, we asked whether DJ-1 contributes to MG detoxification in vivo...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902456/long-term-caloric-restriction-in-apoe-deficient-mice-results-in-neuroprotection-via-fgf21-induced-ampk-mtor-pathway
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Claire Rühlmann, Tjark Wölk, Tobias Blümel, Laura Stahn, Brigitte Vollmar, Angela Kuhla
Caloric restriction (CR) decelerates the aging process, extends lifespan and exerts neuroprotective effects in diverse species by so far unknown mechanisms. Based on known neuroprotective effects of fibroblastic growth factor 21 (Fgf21) we speculate that CR upregulates Fgf21, which phosphorylates neuronal AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), leading to a decrease of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling activity and an inhibition of tau-hyperphosphorylation. This in turn reduces the formation of neurofibrillary tangles, a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer´s disease...
November 29, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902448/rasgrp1-promotes-amphetamine-induced-motor-behavior-through-a-rhes-interaction-network-rhesactome-in-the-striatum
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Neelam Shahani, Supriya Swarnkar, Vincenzo Giovinazzo, Jenny Morgenweck, Laura M Bohn, Catherina Scharager-Tapia, Bruce Pascal, Pablo Martinez-Acedo, Kshitij Khare, Srinivasa Subramaniam
The striatum of the brain coordinates motor function. Dopamine-related drugs may be therapeutic to patients with striatal neurodegeneration, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), but these drugs have unwanted side effects. In addition to stimulating the release of norepinephrine, amphetamines, which are used for narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), trigger dopamine release in the striatum. The guanosine triphosphatase Ras homolog enriched in the striatum (Rhes) inhibits dopaminergic signaling in the striatum, is implicated in HD and L-dopa-induced dyskinesia, and has a role in striatal motor control...
November 15, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901468/loss-of-frataxin-activates-the-iron-sphingolipid-pdk1-mef2-pathway-in-mammals
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Kuchuan Chen, Tammy Szu-Yu Ho, Guang Lin, Kai Li Tan, Matthew N Rasband, Hugo J Bellen
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease caused by mutations in Frataxin (FXN). Loss of FXN causes impaired mitochondrial function and iron homeostasis. An elevated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was previously proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of FRDA. We recently showed that loss of frataxin homolog (fh), a Drosophila homolog of FXN, causes a ROS independent neurodegeneration in flies (Chen et al., 2016). In fh mutants, iron accumulation in the nervous system enhances the synthesis of sphingolipids, which in turn activates 3-phosphoinositide dependent protein kinase-1 (Pdk1) and myocyte enhancer factor-2 (Mef2) to trigger neurodegeneration of adult photoreceptors...
November 30, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901327/stem-cell-therapy-for-sequestering-neuroinflammation-in-traumatic-brain-injury-an-update-on-exosome-targeting-to-the-spleen
#16
Marci G Crowley, Michael G Liska, Cesar V Borlongan
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), manifests with acute and chronic cell death pathways leading to initial impacted injury and subsequent neurodegeneration. In particular, the secondary cell death, plagued by a massive and lingering neuroinflammatory response, contributes significantly to worsening outcomes of the progressive TBI pathology. Fortunately, neuroinflammation also provides an opportunity for therapeutic interventions. Limited treatment options currently exist for the disease, but stem cell-based therapies offer promise in promoting neuroprotection and neuroregeneration by mitigating central neuroinflammation as well as modulating peripheral inflammation via the spleen...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899315/injury-stimulated-sonic-hedgehog-expression-in-microglia-contributes-to-neuroinflammatory-response-in-the-mptp-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Jung Hwi Lee, Young Cheul Chung, Eugene Bok, Hankyu Lee, Sue Hee Huh, Ji Eun Lee, Byung Kwan Jin, Hyuk Wan Ko
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder in which dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) region are selectively destroyed. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been well known to play a key role in a variety of processes such as embryogenesis, cell proliferation and protection, and tissue repair during inflammation. However, the evidences for the innate role of Shh in adult brain injury are presently lacking and studies have been needed to unveil the importance of Shh in the process of neurodegeneration...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897980/protective-effects-of-%C3%AE-tocopherol-%C3%AE-tocopherol-and-oleic-acid-three-compounds-of-olive-oils-and-no-effect-of-trolox-on-7-ketocholesterol-induced-mitochondrial-and-peroxisomal-dysfunction-in-microglial-bv-2-cells
#18
Meryam Debbabi, Thomas Nury, Amira Zarrouk, Nadia Mekahli, Maryem Bezine, Randa Sghaier, Stéphane Grégoire, Lucy Martine, Philippe Durand, Emmanuelle Camus, Anne Vejux, Aymen Jabrane, Lionel Bretillon, Michel Prost, Thibault Moreau, Sofien Ben Ammou, Mohamed Hammami, Gérard Lizard
Lipid peroxidation products, such as 7-ketocholesterol (7KC), may be increased in the body fluids and tissues of patients with neurodegenerative diseases and trigger microglial dysfunction involved in neurodegeneration. It is therefore important to identify synthetic and natural molecules able to impair the toxic effects of 7KC. We determined the impact of 7KC on murine microglial BV-2 cells, especially its ability to trigger mitochondrial and peroxisomal dysfunction, and evaluated the protective effects of α- and γ-tocopherol, Trolox, and oleic acid (OA)...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897119/glaucoma-hot-topics-in-pharmacology
#19
Shiama I Balendra, Parth Arvind Shah, Mishank Jain, Andrzej Grzybowski, Francesca M Cordeiro
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma comprises a group of neurodegenerative diseases resulting in retinal ganglion cell death within the optic nerve head. It is projected to affect almost 80 million people worldwide by 2020. The condition's asymptomatic nature translates to over half of glaucoma sufferers being unaware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, irreversible blindness is likely to have occurred. Prime areas of glaucoma research therefore include identification and optimization of risk factors for the disease, accurate and early diagnostic tools and novel therapeutic methods...
November 29, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896592/why-have-clinical-trials-of-antioxidants-to-prevent-neurodegeneration-failed-a-cellular-investigation-of-novel-phenothiazine-type-antioxidants-reveals-competing-objectives-for-pharmaceutical-neuroprotection
#20
Maike J Ohlow, Selina Sohre, Matthias Granold, Mathias Schreckenberger, Bernd Moosmann
PURPOSE: Only a fraction of the currently established low-molecular weight antioxidants exhibit cytoprotective activity in living cells, which is considered a prerequisite for their potential clinical usefulness in Parkinson's disease or stroke. Post hoc structure-activity relationship analyses have predicted that increased lipophilicity and enhanced radical stabilization could contribute to such cytoprotective activity. METHODS: We have synthesized a series of novel phenothiazine-type antioxidants exhibiting systematic variation in their lipophilicity and radical stabilization...
November 28, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
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