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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732269/gyral-net-a-new-representation-of-cortical-folding-organization
#1
Hanbo Chen, Yujie Li, Fangfei Ge, Gang Li, Dinggang Shen, Tianming Liu
One distinct feature of the cerebral cortex is its convex (gyri) and concave (sulci) folding patterns. Due to the remarkable complexity and variability of gyral/sulcal shapes, it has been challenging to quantitatively model their organization patterns. Inspired by the observation that the lines of gyral crests can form a connected graph on each brain hemisphere, we propose a new representation of cortical gyri/sulci organization pattern - gyral net, which models cortical architecture from a graph perspective, starting with nodes and edges obtained from the reconstructed cortical surfaces...
July 15, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731859/air-pollution-and-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Natalia Palacios
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown etiology that is thought to be caused by a complex combination of environmental and/or genetic factors. Air pollution exposure is linked to numerous adverse effects on human health, including brain inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are believed to contribute to the development and progression of PD. This review provides an overview of recent advances in the epidemiology of air pollution and PD, including evidence of the effects of various pollutants (ozone, PM10, PM2...
July 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731692/quinolinyl-nitrone-rp19-induces-neuroprotection-after-transient-brain-ischemia
#3
Maria Irene Ayuso, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Mourad Chioua, Alejandro Escobar-Peso, Rafael Gonzalo-Gobernado, Joan Montaner, José Marco-Contelles, Alberto Alcazar
There is a need to develop additional effective therapies for ischemic stroke. Nitrones, which were first developed as reactive oxygen species (ROS)-trapping compounds, have been proposed as neuroprotective agents for ischemic stroke, a ROS-related disorder. The previous reported ROS-trapping compound, quinolyl nitrone RP19, is here being assayed to induce neuroprotection to ischemia-reperfusion injury in three experimental ischemia models: (i), oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) on primary neuronal cultures; (ii), transient global cerebral ischemia in four-vessel occlusion model; and (iii), transient focal cerebral ischemia in middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731544/localized-mrs-reliability-of-in-vivo-glutamate-at-3%C3%A2-t-in-shortened-scan-times-a-feasibility-study
#4
J Eric Jensen, Randy P Auerbach, Angela Pisoni, Diego A Pizzagalli
Glutamate is the prime excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain and has been implicated in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. To improve the applicability and clinical reach of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), research is needed to develop shortened, yet reliable, MRS scanning procedures for standard 1.5-3-T clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, particularly with young or vulnerable populations unable to tolerate longer protocols. To this end, we evaluated the test-retest reliability of a shortened J-resolved MRS sequence in healthy adolescents (n = 22) aged 12-14 years...
July 21, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731496/prognostic-factors-for-survival-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients-with-brain-metastases-receiving-targeted-therapy
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Ibrahim Yildiz, Ahmet Bilici, Nuri Karadurmuş, Leyla Ozer, Deniz Tural, Mehmet A Kaplan, Tülay Akman, Ibrahim V Bayoglu, Mükremin Uysal, Yaşar Yildiz, Özgür Tanriverdi, Ozan Yazici, Zeki Sürmeli, Nazim Serdar Turhal, Sevil Bavbek, Fatih Selçukbiricik, Doğan Koca, Mert Basaran
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of our study was to examine the clinical outcomes and prognosis of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) with brain metastases (BMs) receiving targeted therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight patients from 16 oncology centers for whom complete clinical data were available were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: The median age was 57 years (range 30-80). Most patients underwent a nephrectomy (n = 41; 70...
July 14, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731432/multivariate-approach-for-alzheimer-s-disease-detection-using-stationary-wavelet-entropy-and-predator-prey-particle-swarm-optimization
#6
Yudong Zhang, Shuihua Wang, Yuxiu Sui, Ming Yang, Bin Liu, Hong Cheng, Junding Sun, Wenjuan Jia, Preetha Phillips, Juan Manuel Gorriz
BACKGROUND: The number of patients with Alzheimer's disease is increasing rapidly every year. Scholars often use computer vision and machine learning methods to develop an automatic diagnosis system. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we developed a novel machine learning system that can make diagnoses automatically from brain magnetic resonance images. METHODS: First, the brain imaging was processed, including skull stripping and spatial normalization...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731430/neuroimaging-feature-terminology-a-controlled-terminology-for-the-annotation-of-brain-imaging-features
#7
Anandhi Iyappan, Erfan Younesi, Alberto Redolfi, Henri Vrooman, Shashank Khanna, Giovanni B Frisoni, Martin Hofmann-Apitius
Ontologies and terminologies are used for interoperability of knowledge and data in a standard manner among interdisciplinary research groups. Existing imaging ontologies capture general aspects of the imaging domain as a whole such as methodological concepts or calibrations of imaging instruments. However, none of the existing ontologies covers the diagnostic features measured by imaging technologies in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, the Neuro-Imaging Feature Terminology (NIFT) was developed to organize the knowledge domain of measured brain features in association with neurodegenerative diseases by imaging technologies...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731428/development-of-nasal-lipid-nanocarriers-containing-curcumin-for-brain-targeting
#8
Gustavo Richter Vaz, Gabriela Hädrich, Juliana Bidone, Jamile Lima Rodrigues, Mariana Corrêa Falkembach, Jean-Luc Putaux, Mariana Appel Hort, José Maria Monserrat, Antônio Sergio Varela Junior, Helder Ferreira Teixeira, Ana Luiza Muccillo-Baisch, Ana Paula Horn, Cristiana Lima Dora
BACKGROUND: Curcumin (CUR) has properties that can be useful for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Such properties are the inhibition of amyloid-β-protein (Aβ) aggregation, Aβ-induced inflammation, and activities of β-secretase and acetylcholinesterase. However, previous studies have revealed that CUR exhibited low bioavailability and difficulties in reaching the brain. OBJECTIVE: To overcome such drawbacks, this study aims at developing nasal lipid nanocarriers loaded with CUR to effectively target the brain...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731267/heuristic-knowledge-based-planning-for-single-isocenter-stereotactic-radiosurgery-to-multiple-brain-metastases
#9
Benjamin P Ziemer, Parag Sanghvi, Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Kevin L Moore
PURPOSE: Single-isocenter, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for multiple brain metastases (multi-mets) can deliver highly conformal dose distributions and reduce overall patient treatment time compared to other techniques. However, treatment planning for multi-met cases is highly complex due to variability in numbers and sizes of brain metastases, as well as their relative proximity to organs-at-risk (OARs). The purpose of this study was to automate the VMAT planning of multi-met cases through a knowledge-based planning (KBP) approach that adapts single target SRS dose predictions to multiple target predictions...
July 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731079/a-polymeric-temozolomide-nanocomposite-against-orthotopic-glioblastoma-xenograft-tumor-specific-homing-directed-by-nestin
#10
Suma Prabhu, Jayant Sastri Goda, Srinivas Mutalik, Bhabani Shankar Mohanty, Pradip Chaudhari, Sharada Rai, Nayanabhirama Udupa, Bola Sadashiva Satish Rao
The development of effective therapeutic strategies for glioblastoma faces challenges such as modulating the blood brain barrier (BBB) for drug influx and selectively targeting tumor cells. Nanocarrier drug delivery strategies are functionalized to enhance vascular permeability. We engineered superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (SPION) based polymeric nanocomposites (84.37 ± 12.37 nm / 101.56 ± 7.42 nm) embedding temozolomide (TMZ) targeted against glioblastoma by tagging an antibody against nestin, a stem cell marker, and transferrin / polysorbate-80 to permeate the BBB...
July 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731040/er-stress-and-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Claudio Hetz, Smita Saxena
The clinical manifestation of neurodegenerative diseases is initiated by the selective alteration in the functionality of distinct neuronal populations. The pathology of many neurodegenerative diseases includes accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain. In physiological conditions, the proteostasis network maintains normal protein folding, trafficking and degradation; alterations in this network - particularly disturbances to the function of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) - are thought to contribute to abnormal protein aggregation...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730949/eric-acute-stroke-recanalization-a-study-using-predictive-analytics-to-assess-a-new-device-for-mechanical-thrombectomy
#12
Susanne Siemonsen, Nils D Forkert, Martina Bernhardt, Götz Thomalla, Martin Bendszus, Jens Fiehler
Aim and hypothesis Using a new study design, we investigate whether next-generation mechanical thrombectomy devices improve clinical outcomes in ischemic stroke patients. We hypothesize that this new methodology is superior to intravenous tissue plasminogen activator therapy alone. Methods and design ERic Acute StrokE Recanalization is an investigator-initiated prospective single-arm, multicenter, controlled, open label study to compare the safety and effectiveness of a new recanalization device and distal access catheter in acute ischemic stroke patients with symptoms attributable to acute ischemic stroke and vessel occlusion of the internal cerebral artery or middle cerebral artery...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730936/an-industry-update-what-is-the-latest-news-in-therapeutic-delivery
#13
Iain Simpson
This Industry Update covers the period from 1 through 30 April 2017, and is based on information sourced from company press releases, scientific literature, patents and various news websites. Biogen expanded its portfolio of developmental drugs targeting neurological diseases by licensing a drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb which is currently under investigation for the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy. Takeda announced a deal with NuBiyota focused on developing treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, based on the manipulation of microbes living in the gut...
July 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730868/intercontinental-validation-of-brain-volume-measurements-using-msmetrix
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Alessandro Finkelsztejn, Yara Dadalti Fragoso, Eder Amaral Bastos, Juliana Avila Duarte, Juliana Santos Varela, Ruben Houbrechts, Diana Sima, Wim Van Hecke
Background Brain volume assessment has become an important outcome within research and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). MSmetrix (Icometrix) has been developed specifically for patients with MS. The original healthy, 'normal' population used for determination of the acceptable brain volume data consisted mainly of Europeans. Methods In the present study, results from 295 completely normal magnetic resonance imaging scans from Brazilian subjects were plotted against the original results in MSmetrix. Results With regard to whole brain volume, only 2% of the healthy adult subjects from Brazil were below the 5th percentile of the graph, and for grey matter volume, only 3% of the subjects were below the 5th percentile of MSmetrix standards...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730828/the-effect-of-hypertension-on-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-young-adult-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-and-dahl-rats
#15
A Pistikova, H Brozka, M Bencze, D Radostova, K Vales, A Stuchlik
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is one of the few places in the brain where neurogenesis occurs in adulthood. Nowadays, an increasing number of children and young adults are affected by hypertension, one of the factors in the development of cerebrovascular diseases and age-related cognitive deficits. Since these cognitive deficits are often hippocampus-dependent, it is possible that hypertension exerts this effect via decreasing adult neurogenesis which has been shown to be essential for a range of cognitive tasks...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730825/the-implication-of-ampa-receptor-in-synaptic-plasticity-impairment-and-intellectual-disability-in-fragile-x-syndrome
#16
G-R Cheng, X-Y Li, Y-D Xiang, D Liu, S M McClintock, Y Zeng
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most frequently inherited form of intellectual disability and prevalent single-gene cause of autism. A priority of FXS research is to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying the cognitive and social functioning impairments in humans and the FXS mouse model. Glutamate ionotropic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptors (AMPARs) mediate a majority of fast excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system and are critically important for nearly all aspects of brain function, including neuronal development, synaptic plasticity, and learning and memory...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730682/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-i-segmental-architecture-compartmentalization-and-lineage-anatomy
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Volker Hartenstein, Jaison J Omoto, Kathy T Ngo, Darren Wong, Philipp A Kuert, Heinrich Reichert, Jennifer K Lovick, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain houses the circuitry underlying feeding behavior and is involved in many other aspects of sensory processing and locomotor control. Formed by the merging of four neuromeres, the internal architecture of the SEZ can be best understood by identifying segmentally reiterated landmarks emerging in the embryo and larva, and following the gradual changes by which these landmarks become integrated into the mature SEZ during metamorphosis. In previous works, the system of longitudinal fibers (connectives) and transverse axons (commissures) has been utilized as a scaffold that provides internal landmarks for the neuromeres of the larval ventral nerve cord...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730283/blockade-of-alcohol-escalation-and-relapse-drinking-by-pharmacological-faah-inhibition-in-male-and-female-c57bl-6j-mice
#18
Yan Zhou, Benjamin I Schwartz, Joanna Giza, Steven S Gross, Francis S Lee, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND: Anandamide (AEA)-dependent signaling is regulated by the catabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Several lines of evidence have demonstrated that FAAH and AEA are involved in the behavioral effects of alcohol. Therefore, we investigated whether a selective FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (cyclohexylcarbamic acid 3'-[aminocarbonyl]-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl ester), altered alcohol intake in mice in a voluntary alcohol drinking model. METHODS: Mice, subjected to 3 weeks of chronic intermittent access (IA) in a two-bottle choice paradigm with 24-h access every other day, developed rapid escalation of alcohol intake and high preference...
July 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730260/longer-survival-of-a-patient-with-glioblastoma-resected-with-5-aminolevulinic-acid-5-ala-guided-surgery-and-foreign-body-reaction-to-polyglycolic-acid-pga-suture
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Raluca Maria Munteanu, Lucian Eva, Bogdan IonuŢ DobrovăŢ, Alin Constantin Iordache, Liviu Pendefunda, Nicoleta Dumitrescu, Doina Mihăilă, Cristina Maria Gavrilescu, Elena Şapte, Ion Poeată
In recent years, there is a growing evidence that using 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-guided resection of a cerebral glioblastoma, associated with chemoradiotherapy determine a prolonged survival of these patients, even though this period do not exceed 15 months. 5-ALA is a natural biochemical precursor of heme that is metabolized to fluorescent porphyrins, particularly protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) and no foreign reaction were noted until now. However, foreign body reaction developing in neurosurgery is documented in a few number of cases to suture material, surgical hemostatic material, or surgical glove starch, but up to now we could not find any article about granulomatous inflammation to polyglycolic acid (PGA) suture after brain tumor resection...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730152/zebrafish-get-connected-investigating-neurotransmission-targets-and-alterations-in-chemical-toxicity
#20
Katharine A Horzmann, Jennifer L Freeman
Neurotransmission is the basis of neuronal communication and is critical for normal brain development, behavior, learning, and memory. Exposure to drugs and chemicals can alter neurotransmission, often through unknown pathways and mechanisms. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) model system is increasingly being used to study the brain and chemical neurotoxicity. In this review, the major neurotransmitter systems, including glutamate, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, acetylcholine, histamine, and glutamate are surveyed and pathways of synthesis, transport, metabolism, and action are examined...
September 2016: Toxics
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