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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790373/non-clinical-studies-of-progesterone
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R Sitruk-Ware
Progesterone is a steroid hormone that is essential for the regulation of reproductive function. Progesterone has been approved for several indications including the treatment of anovulatory menstrual cycles, assisted reproductive technology, contraception during lactation and, when combined with estrogen, for the prevention of endometrial hyperplasia in postmenopausal hormonal therapy. In addition to its role in reproduction, progesterone regulates a number of biologically distinct processes in other tissues, particularly in the nervous system...
May 23, 2018: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761344/beyond-the-magic-bullet-current-progress-of-therapeutic-vaccination-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Barbara Willekens, Nathalie Cools
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic immune-mediated disease of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and impaired repair mechanisms that lead to neurological disability. The crux of MS is the patient's own immune cells attacking self-antigens in the CNS, namely the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Restoring antigen-specific tolerance via therapeutic vaccination is an innovative and exciting approach in MS therapy. Indeed, leveraging the body's attempt to prevent autoimmunity, i...
May 14, 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751848/differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-into-schwann-cell-like-cells-through-intermittent-induction-potential-advantage-of-cellular-transient-memory-function
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Xun Sun, Yun Zhu, He-Yong Yin, Zhi-Yuan Guo, Feng Xu, Bo Xiao, Wen-Li Jiang, Wei-Min Guo, Hao-Ye Meng, Shi-Bi Lu, Yu Wang, Jiang Peng
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a worldwide issue associated with severe social and economic burden. Autologous nerve grafting, the gold standard treatment for peripheral nerve defects, still has a number of technical limitations. Tissue engineering technology is a novel therapeutic strategy, and mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are promising seed cells for nerve tissue engineering. However, the efficiency of traditional methods for inducing the differentiation of MSCs to Schwann cell-like cells (SCLCs) remains unsatisfactory...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751775/cxcl12-engineered-endothelial-progenitor-cells-enhance-neurogenesis-and-angiogenesis-after-ischemic-brain-injury-in-mice
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Yaning Li, Shuang Chang, Wanlu Li, Guanghui Tang, Yuanyuan Ma, Yanqun Liu, Fang Yuan, Zhijun Zhang, Guo-Yuan Yang, Yongting Wang
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke causes a multitude of brain damage. Neurovascular injury and myelin sheath degradation are two manifestations of ischemic brain damage. Therapeutic strategies aiming only at repairing the neural components or the vessels cannot efficiently restore neurological function. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) have the advantages of both promoting angiogenesis and secreting trophic factors that would promote neurogenesis. Chemokine cxcl12 gene therapy has also been shown to promote angiogenesis, neurogenesis, and remyelination, attracting EPCs, neural progenitor cells, and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) to the injured sites of the brain...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747821/gangliosides-in-axon-stability-and-regeneration
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Pablo H H Lopez, Bárbara Beatriz Báez
Gangliosides are a family of sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids highly expressed in the nervous system of vertebrates. Over the last 25years, research has unmasked several of their neurobiological functions but the role of gangliosides in the nervous system remains not fully elucidated. Genetic disruption of genes for key enzymes involved in ganglioside biosynthesis led to the discovery of their diverse functions and highlighted the exquisite structural specificity required in this processes. In the nervous system, gangliosides regulate axonal caliber and organize ion channels at the nodes of Ranvier, a critical step to ensure fast conduction velocity of myelinated fibers...
2018: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729246/oligodendrocyte-specific-loss-of-cdk5-disrupts-the-architecture-of-nodes-of-ranvier-as-well-as-learning-and-memory
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Fucheng Luo, Jessie Zhang, Kathryn Burke, Rita R Romito-DiGiacomo, Robert H Miller, Yan Yang
Myelination of the central nervous system is important for normal motor and sensory neuronal function and recent studies also link it to efficient learning and memory. Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is required for normal oligodendrocyte development, myelination and myelin repair. Here we show that conditional deletion of Cdk5 by targeting with CNP (CNP;Cdk5 CKO) results in hypomyelination and disruption of the structural integrity of Nodes of Ranvier. In addition, CNP;Cdk5 CKO mice exhibited a severe impairment of learning and memory compared to controls that may reflect perturbed neuron-glial interactions...
May 2, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728852/glial-cells-shape-pathology-and-repair-after-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Andrew D Gaudet, Laura K Fonken
Glial cell types were classified less than 100 years ago by del Rio-Hortega. For instance, he correctly surmised that microglia in pathologic central nervous system (CNS) were "voracious monsters" that helped clean the tissue. Although these historical predictions were remarkably accurate, innovative technologies have revealed novel molecular, cellular, and dynamic physiologic aspects of CNS glia. In this review, we integrate recent findings regarding the roles of glia and glial interactions in healthy and injured spinal cord...
May 4, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722323/end-to-end-and-end-to-side-neurorrhaphy-between-thick-donor-nerves-and-thin-recipient-nerves-an-axon-regeneration-study-in-a-rat-model
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Tohru Tateshita, Kazuki Ueda, Akiyoshi Kajikawa
During nerve reconstruction, nerves of different thicknesses are often sutured together using end-to-side neurorrhaphy and end-to-end neurorrhaphy techniques. In this study, the effect of the type of neurorrhaphy on the number and diameter of regenerated axon fibers was studied in a rat facial nerve repair model. An inflow-type end-to-side and end-to-end neurorrhaphy model with nerve stumps of different thicknesses (2:1 diameter ratio) was created in the facial nerve of 14 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats. After 6 and 12 weeks, nerve regeneration was evaluated in the rats using the following outcomes: total number of myelinated axons, average minor axis diameter of the myelinated axons in the central and peripheral sections, and axon regeneration rate...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722306/dissecting-the-multifactorial-nature-of-demyelinating-disease
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REVIEW
Karolina Kucharova, William B Stallcup
Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan-4 (CSPG4) is a surface component of two key cell types (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) and myeloid cells) present in lysolecithin-induced lesions in mouse spinal cord. Two types of CSPG4 manipulations have been used to study the roles of these cells in myelin damage and repair: (1) OPC and myeloid-specific ablation of CSPG4, and (2) transplantation of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-labeled progenitors to distinguish between bone marrow-derived macrophages and resident microglia...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722302/stimulating-effect-of-thyroid-hormones-in-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-research-history-and-future-direction-toward-clinical-therapy
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REVIEW
I Barakat-Walter, R Kraftsik
Injury to peripheral nerves is often observed in the clinic and severe injuries may cause loss of motor and sensory functions. Despite extensive investigation, testing various surgical repair techniques and neurotrophic molecules, at present, a satisfactory method to ensuring successful recovery does not exist. For successful molecular therapy in nerve regeneration, it is essential to improve the intrinsic ability of neurons to survive and to increase the speed of axonal outgrowth. Also to induce Schwann cell phenotypical changes to prepare the local environment favorable for axonal regeneration and myelination...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721326/axonal-regeneration-in-zebrafish-spinal-cord
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REVIEW
Sukla Ghosh, Subhra Prakash Hui
In the present review we discuss two interrelated events-axonal damage and repair-known to occur after spinal cord injury (SCI) in the zebrafish. Adult zebrafish are capable of regenerating axonal tracts and can restore full functionality after SCI. Unlike fish, axon regeneration in the adult mammalian central nervous system is extremely limited. As a consequence of an injury there is very little repair of disengaged axons and therefore functional deficit persists after SCI in adult mammals. In contrast, peripheral nervous system axons readily regenerate following injury and hence allow functional recovery both in mammals and fish...
March 2018: Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719840/local-xenotransplantation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mast-cells-bmmcs-improves-functional-recovery-of-transected-sciatic-nerve-in-cat-a-novel-approach-in-cell-therapy
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Rahim Mohammadi, Dana Anousheh, Mohammad-Hazhir Alaei, Amin Nikpasand, Hawdam Rostami, Rasoul Shahrooz
Objective: To determine the effects of bone marrow derived mast cells (BMMCs) on functional recovery of transected sciatic nerve in animal model of cat. Method: A 20-mm sciatic nerve defect was bridged using a silicone nerve guide filled with BMMCs in BMMC group. In Sham-surgery group (SHAM), the sciatic nerve was only exposed and manipulated. In control group (SILOCONE) the gap was repaired with a silicone nerve guide and both ends were sealed using sterile Vaseline to avoid leakage and the nerve guide was filled with 100 μL of phosphate-buffered saline alone...
April 2018: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719281/expression-of-nrf2-promotes-schwann-cell-mediated-sciatic-nerve-recovery-in-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
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Wei Tang, Xiangfang Chen, Haoqi Liu, Qian Lv, Junjie Zou, Yongquan Shi, Zhimin Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: High glucose-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory responses play an important role in painful diabetic neuropathy by activating the TLR4/NFκB signal pathway. Schwann cells (SCs) are integral to peripheral nerve biology, contributing to saltatory conduction along axons, nerve and axon development, and axonal regeneration. SCs provide a microenvironment favoring vascular regeneration but their low survival ratio in hyperglycemic conditions suppress the function to promote nerve growth...
April 26, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29708578/study-of-transected-sciatic-nerve-repair-by-biodegradable-membrane-and-betamethasone-in-adult-albino-wistar-rats
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Mehrnaz Moattari, Homa Kouchesfehani, GholamReza Kaka, Homayoon Sadraie, Majid Naghdi
AIM: One of the major injuries of the nervous system is that of peripheral nerves. Although peripheral nerves show some capacity of regeneration after injury, the extent of regeneration is not remarkable. The present study aimed to evaluate the regeneration of the transected sciatic nerve by membrane and betamethasone in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study twenty-eight adult male rats were divided into four equal groups including 1. Control group (Ctrl); 2...
June 9, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29702292/tissue-engineered-spiral-nerve-guidance-conduit-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
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Wei Chang, Munish B Shah, Paul Lee, Xiaojun Yu
Recently in peripheral nerve regeneration, preclinical studies have shown that the use of nerve guidance conduits (NGCs) with multiple longitudinally channels and intra-luminal topography enhance the functional outcomes when bridging a nerve gap caused by traumatic injury. These features not only provide guidance cues for regenerating nerve, but also become the essential approaches for developing a novel NGC. In this study, a novel spiral NGC with aligned nanofibers and wrapped with an outer nanofibrous tube was first developed and investigated...
April 24, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701919/electrophysiological-assessment-of-a-peptide-amphiphile-nanofiber-nerve-graft-for-facial-nerve-repair
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Jacqueline J Greene, Mark T McClendon, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Zaida Álvarez, Samuel I Stupp, Claus-Peter Richter
Facial nerve injury can cause severe long-term physical and psychological morbidity. There are limited repair options for an acutely transected facial nerve not amenable to primary neurorrhaphy. We hypothesize that a peptide amphiphile nanofiber neurograft may provide the nanostructure necessary to guide organized neural regeneration. Five experimental groups were compared, animals with 1) an intact nerve, 2) following resection of a nerve segment, and following resection and immediate repair with either a 3) autograft (using the resected nerve segment), 4) neurograft, or 5) empty conduit...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29695414/mtorc1-is-transiently-reactivated-in-injured-nerves-to-promote-c-jun-elevation-and-schwann-cell-dedifferentiation
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Camilla Norrmén, Gianluca Figlia, Patrick Pfistner, Jorge A Pereira, Sven Bachofner, Ueli Suter
Schwann cells (SCs) are endowed with a remarkable plasticity. When peripheral nerves are injured, SCs dedifferentiate and acquire new functions to coordinate nerve repair as so-called repair SCs. Subsequently, SCs redifferentiate to remyelinate regenerated axons. Given the similarities between SC de/redifferentiation in injured nerves and in demyelinating neuropathies, elucidating the signals involved in SC plasticity after nerve injury has potentially wider implications. c-Jun has emerged as a key transcription factor regulating SC dedifferentiation and the acquisition of repair SC features...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29688489/protective-role-of-the-lipid-phosphatase-fig4-in-the-adult-nervous-system
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Yevgeniya A Mironova, Jing-Ping Lin, Ashley Kalinski, Lucas Huffman, Guy M Lenk, Leif A Havton, Miriam H Meisler, Roman J Giger
The signaling lipid phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate, PI(3,5)P2, functions in vesicular trafficking through the endo-lysosomal compartment. Cellular levels of PI(3,5)P2 are regulated by an enzyme complex comprised of the kinase PIKFYVE, the phosphatase FIG4, and the scaffold protein VAC14. Mutations of human FIG4 cause inherited disorders including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4J, polymicrogyria with epilepsy, and Yunis-Varón syndrome. Constitutive Fig4-/- mice exhibit intention tremor, spongiform degeneration of neural tissue, hypomyelination, and juvenile lethality...
April 24, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684504/schwann-cell-plasticity-is-regulated-by-a-weakened-intrinsic-antioxidant-defense-system-in-acute-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Wenjing Lv, Binbin Deng, Weisong Duan, Yuanyuan Li, Yakun Liu, Zhongyao Li, Wei Xia, Chunyan Li
The biological effects of the transcription factor NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in acute peripheral nervous system (PNS) injury have not been adequately elucidated. By analyzing the results of Nrf2 knockout and Nrf2 activation experiments, we found the following: (1) The antioxidant system was rapidly inactivated after acute PNS injury in a partly Nrf2-dependent manner, giving rise to a temporary state of oxidative stress, and then slowly and partially recovered following regeneration. (2) Nrf2 knockout promoted the reprogramming and proliferation of Schwann cells and inhibited myelination, as well as the redifferentiation of repair Schwann cells...
April 20, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664021/a-tlr-akt-foxo3-immune-tolerance-like-pathway-disrupts-the-repair-capacity-of-oligodendrocyte-progenitors
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Taasin Srivastava, Parham Diba, Justin M Dean, Fatima Banine, Daniel Shaver, Matthew Hagen, Xi Gong, Weiping Su, Ben Emery, Daniel L Marks, Edward N Harris, Bruce Baggenstoss, Paul H Weigel, Larry S Sherman, Stephen A Back
Cerebral white matter injury (WMI) persistently disrupts myelin regeneration by oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). We identified a specific bioactive hyaluronan fragment (bHAf) that downregulates myelin gene expression and chronically blocks OPC maturation and myelination via a tolerance-like mechanism that dysregulates pro-myelination signaling via AKT. Desensitization of AKT occurs via TLR4 but not TLR2 or CD44. OPC differentiation was selectively blocked by bHAf in a maturation-dependent fashion at the late OPC (preOL) stage by a noncanonical TLR4/TRIF pathway that induced persistent activation of the FoxO3 transcription factor downstream of AKT...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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