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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325166/color-perception-differentiates-alzheimer-s-disease-ad-from-vascular-dementia-vad-patients
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N A Arnaoutoglou, M Arnaoutoglou, P Nemtsas, V Costa, S J Baloyannis, K P Ebmeier
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Vascular Dementia (VaD) are the most common causes of dementia in older people. Both diseases appear to have similar clinical symptoms, such as deficits in attention and executive function, but specific cognitive domains are affected. Current cohort studies have shown a close relationship between αβ deposits and age-related macular degeneration (Johnson et al., 2002; Ratnayaka et al., 2015). Additionally, a close link between the thinning of the retinal nerve fiber (RNFL) and AD patients has been described, while it has been proposed that AD patients suffer from a non-specific type of color blindness (Pache et al...
March 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
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Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322742/potassium-channel-abnormalities-are-consistent-with-early-axon-degeneration-of-motor-axons-in-the-g127x-sod1-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Rikke Maglemose, Anne Hedegaard, Janna Lehnhoff, Kristina Petrova Dimintiyanova, Mihai Moldovan, Lillian Grøndahl, Claire Francesca Meehan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a lethal neurodegenerative disease, which selectively affects upper and lower motoneurones. The underlying pathophysiology of the disease is complex but electrophysiological studies of peripheral nerves in ALS patients as well as human autopsy studies indicate that a potassium channel dysfunction/loss is present early in the symptomatic phase. It remains unclear to what extent potassium channel abnormalities reflect a specific pathogenic mechanism in ALS. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the temporal changes in the expression and/or function of potassium channels in motoneurones in the adult G127X SOD1 mouse model of ALS, a model which has a very long presymptomatic phase...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320183/ischemic-optic-neuropathy-as-a-model-of-neurodegenerative-disorder-a-review-of-pathogenic-mechanism-of-axonal-degeneration-and-the-role-of-neuroprotection
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Saba Khalilpour, Shahrzad Latifi, Ghazaleh Behnammanesh, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid, Aman Shah Abdul Majid, Ali Tamayol
Optic neuropathy is a neurodegenerative disease which involves optic nerve injury. It is caused by acute or intermittent insults leading to visual dysfunction. There are number of factors, responsible for optic neuropathy, and the optic nerve axon is affected in all type which causes the loss of retinal ganglion cells. In this review we will highlight various mechanisms involved in the cell loss cascades during axonal degeneration as well as ischemic optic neuropathy. These mechanisms include oxidative stress, excitotoxicity, angiogenesis, neuroinflammation and apoptosis following retinal ischemia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318721/-physiology-of-the-visual-retinal-signal-from-phototransduction-to-the-visual-cycle
#5
REVIEW
C Salesse
The retinal photoreceptors (rods and cones) are responsible for light absorption and transduction of the signal, which is transmitted to the other retinal nerve cells and then to the brain. The chromophore of visual pigments of rods and cones is a particular isomer of a vitamin A derivative. Light absorption by this chromophore leads to its isomerization and to a phototransduction cascade, which results in photoreceptor hyperpolarization and cessation of glutamate secretion at their synaptic terminals. Phototransduction of cones and rods differs in their signal amplification and inactivation, which is consistent with their respective functions...
March 17, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317655/determining-the-functional-sensibility-of-the-hand-in-patients-with-peripheral-nerve-repair-feasibility-of-using-a-novel-manual-tactile-test-for-monitoring-the-progression-of-nerve-regeneration
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Hsiu-Yun Hsu, Li-Chieh Kuo, Ta-Shen Kuan, Hsiu-Ching Yang, Fong-Chin Su, Haw-Yen Chiu, Shyh-Jou Shieh
STUDY DESIGN: Case-controlled cohort study. INTRODUCTION: Sensory function is difficult to observe during nerve regeneration processes. Traditional sensory tests are limited to identifying the level of functioning hand sensation for sensory stimulus is given passively to the cutaneous surface of the hand. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To examine the outcome changes in the manual tactile test (MTT), Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (SWM) and 2-point discrimination (2PD) tests for patients with nerve repair and to investigate the concurrent validity of MTT by comparing it with the results of traditional tests...
January 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315277/the-role-of-sigma1r-in-mammalian-retina
#7
Jing Wang, Xuezhi Cui, Penny Roon, Alan Saul, Sylvia B Smith
This review article focuses on studies of Sigma 1 Receptor (Sigma1R) and retina . It provides a brief overview of the earliest pharmacological studies performed in the late 1990s that provided evidence of the presence of Sigma1R in various ocular tissues. It then describes work from a number of labs concerning the location of Sigma1R in several retinal cell types including ganglion, Müller glia , and photoreceptors . The role of Sigma1R ligands in retinal neuroprotection is emphasized. Early studies performed in vitro clearly showed that targeting Sigma1R could attenuate stress-induced retinal cell loss...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306638/the-proinflammatory-cytokines-il-1%C3%A3-and-tnf-%C3%AE-influence-human-annulus-cell-signaling-cues-for-neurite-growth-in-vitro-co-culture-studies
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Helen E Gruber, Brittany Jones, Emilio Marrero, Edward N Hanley
STUDY DESIGN: IRB-approved research using human annulus cells co-cultured with F11 nerve cells. OBJECTIVE: To perform functional, kinetic assays of neurite dynamics and media neurotrophin measurement to test whether proinflammatory cytokines influence annulus cells' signaling cues for neurite growth/repulsion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Nerves grow in response to signaling molecules called neurotrophins which disc cells produce (e.g. brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neurotrophin 3 (NT3)) and which influence neuron survival, differentiation and migration...
March 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299359/aifm1-mutation-presenting-with-fatal-encephalomyopathy-and-mitochondrial-disease-in-an-infant
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Sarah U Morton, Sanjay P Prabhu, Hart G W Lidov, Jiahai Shi, Irina Anselm, Catherine A Brownstein, Matthew N Bainbridge, Alan H Beggs, Sara O Vargas, Pankaj B Agrawal
Apoptosis-inducing factor mitochondrion-associated 1 (AIFM1), encoded by the gene AIFM1, has roles in electron transport, apoptosis, ferredoxin metabolism, reactive oxygen species generation, and immune system regulation. Here we describe a patient with a novel AIFM1 variant presenting unusually early in life with mitochondrial disease, rapid deterioration, and death. Autopsy, at the age of 4 mo, revealed features of mitochondrial encephalopathy, myopathy, and involvement of peripheral nerves with axonal degeneration...
March 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296784/simultaneous-degeneration-of-myenteric-plexuses-and-pelvic-parasympathetic-colonic-nerve-in-slow-transit-constipation-a-case-report
#10
Zhiqiang Cheng, Kun Zhao, Dongsong Bi
RATIONALE: Slow transit constipation (STC) is a common disease of which the etiology is still not clear. Multiple hypotheses have been proposed to explain STC, including autonomic neuropathy, disorders of the enteric nervous system and so forth. Morphological abnormalities of the enteric nerves of the colon in patients with STC have been extensively reported, while there have been no morphological reports focusing on extrinsic extramural fibers from the pelvic plexus to the distal colon (i...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291839/microstructural-white-matter-alterations-in-preclinical-alzheimer-s-disease-detected-using-free-water-elimination-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Andrew R Hoy, Martina Ly, Cynthia M Carlsson, Ozioma C Okonkwo, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Mark A Sager, Sanjay Asthana, Sterling C Johnson, Andrew L Alexander, Barbara B Bendlin
Brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) begin decades before disease diagnosis. While β-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are defining features of AD, neuronal loss and synaptic pathology are closely related to the cognitive dysfunction. Brain imaging methods that are tuned to assess degeneration of myelinated nerve fibers in the brain (collectively called white matter) include diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and related techniques, and are expected to shed light on disease-related loss of structural connectivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285993/death-receptor-6-promotes-wallerian-degeneration-in-peripheral-axons
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Kanchana K Gamage, Irene Cheng, Rachel E Park, Mardeen S Karim, Kazusa Edamura, Christopher Hughes, Anthony J Spano, Alev Erisir, Christopher D Deppmann
Axon degeneration during development is required to sculpt a functional nervous system and is also a hallmark of pathological insult, such as injury [1, 2]. Despite similar morphological characteristics, very little overlap in molecular mechanisms has been reported between pathological and developmental degeneration [3-5]. In the peripheral nervous system (PNS), developmental axon pruning relies on receptor-mediated extrinsic degeneration mechanisms to determine which axons are maintained or degenerated [5-7]...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283336/tissue-engineering-with-peripheral-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promotes-the-regeneration-of-injured-peripheral-nerves
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Mengjie Pan, Xianghai Wang, Yijing Chen, Shangtao Cao, Jinkun Wen, Guofeng Wu, Yuanyuan Li, Lixia Li, Changhui Qian, Zhenqi Qin, Zhenlin Li, Dandan Tan, Zhihao Fan, Wutian Wu, Jiasong Guo
Peripheral nerve injury repair can be enhanced by Schwann cell (SC) transplantation, but clinical applications are limited by the lack of a cell source. Thus, alternative systems for generating SCs are desired. Herein, we found the peripheral blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PBMSCs) could be induced into SC like cells with expressing SC-specific markers (S100, P75NTR and CNPase) and functional factors (NGF, NT-3, c-Fos, and Krox20). When the induced PBMSCs (iPBMSCs) were transplanted into crushed rat sciatic nerves, they functioned as SCs by wrapping the injured axons and expressing myelin specific marker of MBP...
March 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272927/muscle-degeneration-associated-with-rotator-cuff-tendon-release-and-or-denervation-in-sheep
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Christian Gerber, Dominik C Meyer, Martin Flück, Paola Valdivieso, Brigitte von Rechenberg, Mario C Benn, Karl Wieser
BACKGROUND: The effect of an additional neurological injury (suprascapular nerve traction injury) to a chronically retracted rotator cuff muscle is incompletely understood and warrants clarification. PURPOSE: To investigate the microscopic and macroscopic muscle degeneration patterns caused by tendon release and/or muscle denervation in a sheep rotator cuff model. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Infraspinatus muscle biopsy specimens (for histological analysis) were obtained from 18 Swiss alpine sheep before and 16 weeks after release of the infraspinatus tendon (tenotomy [T] group; n = 6), transection of the suprascapular nerve (neurectomy [N] group; n = 6), or tendon release plus nerve transection (tenotomy + neurectomy [T&N] group; n = 6)...
March 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270908/targeting-oxidative-stress-for-treatment-of-glaucoma-and-optic-neuritis
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REVIEW
Atsuko Kimura, Kazuhiko Namekata, Xiaoli Guo, Takahiko Noro, Chikako Harada, Takayuki Harada
Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the eye and it is one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma is characterized by progressive degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and their axons, namely, the optic nerve, usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Current glaucoma therapies target reduction of IOP, but since RGC death is the cause of irreversible vision loss, neuroprotection may be an effective strategy for glaucoma treatment. One of the risk factors for glaucoma is increased oxidative stress, and drugs with antioxidative properties including valproic acid and spermidine, as well as inhibition of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1, an enzyme that is involved in oxidative stress, have been reported to prevent glaucomatous retinal degeneration in mouse models of glaucoma...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270094/effect-of-spp1-on-nerve-degeneration-and-regeneration-after-rat-sciatic-nerve-injury
#16
Xingyu Liu, Yuhua Sun, Huaiqin Li, Yuting Li, Meiyuan Li, Ying Yuan, Shusen Cui, Dengbing Yao
BACKGROUND: Wallerian degeneration (WD) in injured peripheral nerves is associated with a large number of up- or down-regulated genes, but the effects of these changes are poorly understood. In our previous studies, we reported some key factors that are differentially expressed to activate nerve degeneration and regeneration during WD. Here, we determined the effects of secreted phosphoprotein 1 (Spp1) on WD after rat sciatic nerve injury. RESULTS: Spp1 was upregulated from 6 h to 14 days after sciatic nerve injury...
March 7, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265751/peripheral-nerve-diffusion-tensor-imaging-as-a-measure-of-disease-progression-in-als
#17
Neil G Simon, Jim Lagopoulos, Sita Paling, Casey Pfluger, Susanna B Park, James Howells, Thomas Gallagher, Michel Kliot, Robert D Henderson, Steve Vucic, Matthew C Kiernan
Clinical trial design in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remains hampered by a lack of reliable and sensitive biomarkers of disease progression. The present study evaluated peripheral nerve diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as a surrogate marker of axonal degeneration in ALS. Longitudinal studies were undertaken in 21 ALS patients studied at 0 and 3 months, and 19 patients at 0, 3 and 6 months, with results compared to 13 age-matched controls. Imaging metrics were correlated across a range of functional assessments including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis functional rating scale revised (ALSFRS-R), lower limb muscle strength (Medical Research Council sum score, MRCSS-LL), compound muscle action potential amplitudes and motor unit number estimation (MUNE)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265643/subconjunctival-bevacizumab-injection-impairs-corneal-innervations-and-epithelial-wound-healing-in-mice
#18
Muchen Dong, Guohu Di, Xiaoping Zhang, Qingjun Zhou, Weiyun Shi
Purpose: To investigate the effects of subconjunctival bevacizumab injection on the corneal nerve, sensitivity, and epithelial wound healing in mice. Methods: Adult C57BL/6 mice were treated with subconjunctival injection of 1, 2, 5, or 25 mg/mL bevacizumab. The corneal nerve was observed with whole-mount anti-β3-tubulin fluorescence staining. Corneal sensitivity was measured with a Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer. The protein levels of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), nerve growth factor (NGF), glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), and ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) were measured by ELISA...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264236/influencing-factors-analysis-of-facial-nerve-function-after-the-microsurgical-resection-of-acoustic-neuroma
#19
WenMing Hong, HongWei Cheng, XiaoJie Wang, ChunGuo Feng
OBJECTIVE: To explore and analyze the influencing factors of facial nerve function retainment after microsurgery resection of acoustic neurinoma. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of our hospital 105 acoustic neuroma cases from October, 2006 to January 2012, in the group all patients were treated with suboccipital sigmoid sinus approach to acoustic neuroma microsurgery resection. We adopted researching individual patient data, outpatient review and telephone followed up and the House-Brackmann grading system to evaluate and analyze the facial nerve function...
March 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262779/ischemic-injury-leads-to-extracellular-matrix-alterations-in-retina-and-optic-nerve
#20
Jacqueline Reinhard, Marina Renner, Susanne Wiemann, Daniel A Shakoor, Gesa Stute, H Burkhard Dick, Andreas Faissner, Stephanie C Joachim
Retinal ischemia occurs in a variety of eye diseases. Restrained blood flow induces retinal damage, which leads to progressive optic nerve degeneration and vision loss. Previous studies indicate that extracellular matrix (ECM) constituents play an important role in complex tissues, such as retina and optic nerve. They have great impact on de- and regeneration processes and represent major candidates of central nervous system glial scar formation. Nevertheless, the importance of the ECM during ischemic retina and optic nerve neurodegeneration is not fully understood yet...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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