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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222993/supplementation-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-affects-temporal-but-not-spatial-visual-attention
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Anna Leonte, Lorenza S Colzato, Laura Steenbergen, Bernhard Hommel, Elkan G Akyürek
In a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled experiment, the acute effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) supplementation on temporal and spatial attention in young healthy adults were investigated. A hybrid two-target rapid serial visual presentation task was used to measure temporal attention and integration. Additionally, a visual search task was used to measure the speed and accuracy of spatial attention. While temporal attention depends primarily on the distribution of limited attentional resources across time, spatial attention represents the engagement and disengagement by relevant and irrelevant stimuli across the visual field...
December 6, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222804/preparation-and-characterization-of-biocompatible-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-targeted-brain-delivery-of-peptides
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Muge Yemisci, Secil Caban, Eduardo Fernandez-Megia, Yilmaz Capan, Patrick Couvreur, Turgay Dalkara
Here, we describe a nanocarrier system that can transfer chitosan nanoparticles loaded with either small peptides such as the caspase inhibitor Z-DEVD-FMK or a large peptide like basic fibroblast growth factor across the blood-brain barrier. The nanoparticles are selectively directed to the brain and are not measurably taken up by the liver and spleen. Intravital fluorescent microscopy provides an opportunity to study the penetration kinetics of nanoparticles loaded with fluorescent agents such as Nile red...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222803/synthesis-of-biocompatible-titanate-nanofibers-for-effective-delivery-of-neuroprotective-agents
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Asya Ozkizilcik, Roger Williams, Z Ryan Tian, Dafin F Muresanu, Aruna Sharma, Hari S Sharma
Nanoscience provides us with new opportunities to develop nanotechnologies for treating, in particular, central nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer disease and multiple sclerosis. From a methodological point of view, it is challenging to deliver drugs effectively across the blood-brain barrier and blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. Our 10-year data and reports from both in vivo and in vitro studies, however, have consistently proved that therapeutic drugs of different types can be generally loaded in/on the nanocarriers for targeted and programmable deliveries to the central nervous system with a high degree of efficacy...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222791/isolation-and-culture-of-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-for-in-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-studies
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Hector Rosas-Hernandez, Elvis Cuevas, Susan M Lantz, Merle G Paule, Syed F Ali
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is essential to maintain the proper microenvironment for brain function. Although formed by different cell types, the endothelial cells (ECs) of the brain microvessels provide the BBB with its selective permeability. To study the BBB in vitro, EC lines as well as primary isolated ECs have been used. In this chapter, we will provide a detailed protocol on how to isolate and culture primary brain microvascular endothelial cells from different species for use as in vitro models of the BBB...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222502/pharmacokinetics-biodistribution-and-brain-retention-of-a-bispecific-antibody-based-pet-radioligand-for-imaging-of-amyloid-%C3%AE
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Dag Sehlin, Xiaotian T Fang, Silvio R Meier, Malin Jansson, Stina Syvänen
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have not been used as positron emission tomography (PET) ligands for in vivo imaging of the brain because of their limited passage across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, due to their high affinity and specificity, mAbs may be an attractive option for brain PET if their brain distribution can be facilitated. In the present study, a F(ab')2 fragment of the amyloid-beta (Aβ) protofibril selective mAb158 was chemically conjugated to the transferrin receptor (TfR) antibody 8D3 to enable TfR mediated transcytosis across the BBB...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222306/therapy-of-primary-cns-lymphoma-role-of-intensity-radiation-and-novel-agents
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REVIEW
Andrés José María Ferreri
Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphomas represent a subgroup of malignancies with specific characteristics, an aggressive course, and unsatisfactory outcome in contrast with other lymphomas comparable for tumor burden and histological type. Despite the high sensitivity to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, remissions are frequently short lasting. Treatment efficacy is limited by several factors, including the biology and microenvironment of this malignancy and the "protective" effect of the blood-brain barrier, which limits the access of most drugs to the CNS...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221142/d-4f-increases-microrna-124a-and-reduces-neuroinflammation-in-diabetic-stroke-rats
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Ruizhuo Ning, Poornima Venkat, Michael Chopp, Alex Zacharek, Tao Yan, Xu Cui, Don Seyfried, Jieli Chen
D-4F is an apolipoprotein-A1 mimetic peptide that promotes anti-inflammatory effects. MicroRNA-124 is the most abundant brain-specific microRNA and has anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic efficacy and mechanisms of D-4F treatment of stroke in type one diabetes mellitus (T1DM) rats. Male Wistar rats were induced with T1DM, subjected to embolic middle cerebral artery occlusion and treated with PBS or D-4F (1 mg/kg i.p.) at 2, 24 and 48 hours after stroke (n=8/group). A battery of function tests, brain blood barrier (BBB) integrity, white matter changes and microRNA expression were evaluated in vivo and in vitro...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219760/direct-visualization-of-microcirculation-impairment-after-acute-subdural-hemorrhage-in-a-novel-animal-model
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Huan-Chih Wang, Jui-Chang Tsai, Jing-Er Lee, Sheng-Jean Huang, Abel Po-Hao Huang, Wei-Chou Lin, Sung-Tsang Hsieh, Kuo-Chuan Wang
OBJECTIVE Direct brain compression and secondary injury due to increased intracranial pressure are believed to be the pathognomic causes of a grave outcome in acute subdural hemorrhage (aSDH). However, ischemic damage from aSDH has received limited attention. The authors hypothesized that cerebral microcirculation is altered after aSDH. Direct visualization of microcirculation was conducted in a novel rat model. METHODS A craniectomy was performed on each of the 18 experimental adult Wistar rats, followed by superfusion of autologous arterial blood onto the cortical surface...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219169/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-sublingual-sufentanil-for-postoperative-pain-management
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REVIEW
T van de Donk, S Ward, R Langford, A Dahan
Achieving successful treatment of postoperative pain remains a challenge. Recently, a sufentanil sublingual tablet system has been developed for treatment of moderate-to-severe postoperative pain. The phenylpiperidine sufentanil is a potent analgesic that rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier and selectively activates central μ-opioid receptors. The system makes use of a hand-held dispenser system, which contains forty 15-μg sufentanil sublingual micro-tablets. The patient can release one tablet at 20-min intervals using a unique radiofrequency adhesive tag, which is wrapped around the patient's thumb...
December 8, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218622/inhibiting-cdk-in-cancer-therapy-current-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Smruthi Vijayaraghavan, Stacy Moulder, Khandan Keyomarsi, Rachel M Layman
Cell cycle dysregulation is a hallmark of all cancers, resulting in uncontrolled proliferation. Cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs), a family of proteins that are involved in the regulation of the cell cycle, are frequently overexpressed or mutated in cancer. Hence, CDK-inhibiting drugs have been developed and evaluated as cancer therapeutics. Clinical trials have shown CDK4/6 inhibitors (CDK4/6i) to be relatively safe and effective, and these are now standard of care treatment for advanced hormone receptor positive breast cancer...
December 7, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218424/pharmacoimaging-of-blood-brain-barrier-permeable-fdg-and-impermeable-flt-substrates-after-intranasal-in-administration
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Laura L Boles Ponto, Susan Walsh, Jiangeng Huang, Christine Mundt, Katherine Thede-Reynolds, G Leonard Watkins, John Sunderland, Michael Acevedo, Maureen Donovan
To illustrate the use of imaging to quantify the transfer of materials from the nasal cavity to other anatomical compartments, specifically, transfer to the brain using the thymidine analogue, [18F]fluorothymidine (FLT), and the glucose analogue, [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). Anesthetized rats were administered FLT or FDG by intranasal instillation (IN) or tail-vein injection (IV). PET/CT imaging was performed for up to 60 min. Volumes-of-interest (VOIs) for the olfactory bulb (OB) and the remaining brain were created on the CT and transferred to the co-registered dynamic PET...
December 7, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217683/insulin-like-growth-factor-ii-targets-the-mtor-pathway-to-reverse-autism-like-phenotypes-in-mice
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Adam B Steinmetz, Sarah A Stern, Amy S Kohtz, Giannina Descalzi, Cristina M Alberini
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by impairments in social interaction and repetitive behavior, and is also associated with cognitive deficits. There is no current treatment that can ameliorate most of the ASD symptomatology; thus, identifying novel therapies is urgently needed. We used male BTBR T+Itpr3tf /J (BTBR) mice, a model that reproduces most of the core behavioral phenotypes of ASD, to test the effects of systemic administration of insulin like growth factor II (IGF-II), a polypeptide that crosses the blood brain barrier and acts as a cognitive enhancer...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217457/focusing-on-claudin-5-a-promising-candidate-in-the-regulation-of-bbb-to-treat-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Jianjun Lv, Wei Hu, Zhi Yang, Tian Li, Shuai Jiang, Zhiqiang Ma, Fulin Chen, Yang Yang
Claudin-5 is a tight junction (TJ) protein in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that has recently attracted increased attention. Numerous studies have demonstrated that claudin-5 regulates the integrity and permeability of the BBB. Increased claudin-5 expression plays a neuroprotective role in neurological diseases, particularly in cerebral ischemic stroke. Moreover, claudin-5 might be a potential marker for early hemorrhagic transformation detection in ischemic stroke. In light of the distinctive effects of claudin-5 on the nervous system, we present the elaborate network of roles that claudin-5 plays in ischemic stroke...
December 4, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216848/anterior-sacral-meningocele-infected-with-fusobacterium-in-a-patient-with-recently-diagnosed-colorectal-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Anne K Braczynski, Marc A Brockmann, Torben Scholz, Jan-Philipp Bach, Jörg B Schulz, Simone C Tauber
BACKGROUND: Anterior sacral meningoceles are rare, and usually occur with other malformations of the posterior lower spine. While these are more frequently reported in pediatric cohorts, we report a case in an elderly woman. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on a 71 year-old woman with a recently diagnosed colorectal adenocarcinoma who presented with a severe bacterial meningitis. The cerebrospinal fluid cell count revealed a pleocytosis of 80,000 cells/μl and a severe disturbance of the blood-brain-barrier...
December 8, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216683/human-perforin-gene-variation-is-geographically-distributed
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Robin C Willenbring, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Larry R Pease, Aaron J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Deleterious mutations in PRF1 result in lethal, childhood disease, familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 2 (FHL 2). However, not all mutations in PRF1 are deleterious and result in FHL 2. Currently, these nondeleterious mutations are being investigated in the onset of numerous disorders, such as lymphomas and diabetes. Yet, there is still an overwhelmingly large amount of PRF1 mutations that are not associated with disease. METHODS: We conducted a post hoc analysis of the PRF1 mutations in the coding region using the recently published Exome Aggregation Consortium genomes, Leiden Open Variation Database, NCBI SNP database, and primary literature to better understand PRF1 variation in the human population...
December 7, 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215715/hmgb1-contributes-to-the-irradiation-induced-endothelial-barrier-injury-through-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-endproducts-rage
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Haihong Zhou, Congli Jin, Lili Cui, Huaijie Xing, Jun Liu, Wang Liao, Haojie Liao, Yangsheng Yu
This study aimed to investigate whether HMGB1 (high mobility group box-1 protein) and receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) were involved in the irradiation-induced endothelial barrier damage and their mechanism. We constructed the damage model of endothelium barrier model with bEnd.3 cells. The permeability of endothelial barrier was detected by sodium fluorescein (Na-F) permeation test, and the irradiation dose which could induce permeability transition was determined by being exposed to different irradiation doses (5Gy, 10Gy, 15Gy, 20Gy)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213304/engineering-the-human-blood-brain-barrier-in-vitro
#17
REVIEW
John J Jamieson, Peter C Searson, Sharon Gerecht
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is the interface between the vasculature and the brain, regulating molecular and cellular transport into the brain. Endothelial cells (ECs) that form the capillary walls constitute the physical barrier but are dependent on interactions with other cell types. In vitro models are widely used in BBB research for mechanistic studies and drug screening. Current models have both biological and technical limitations. Here we review recent advances in stem cell engineering that have been utilized to create innovative platforms to replicate key features of the BBB...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213063/efficacy-and-safety-of-hd-mtx-based-systemic-chemotherapy-regimens-retrospective-study-of-induction-therapy-for-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-in-chinese
#18
Xiao Han, Yali Ji, Mingqi Ouyang, Tienan Zhu, Daobin Zhou
We performed a retrospective study of 49 patients with newly diagnosed primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), to compare the efficacy and safety of different high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) based systemic chemotherapy regimens as induction therapy. 25 patients received AB ± R alternative regimen (consist methotrexate, ifosfamide, vindesine, dexamethasone, carmustine and teniposide), while others received HD-MTX ± R regimen. The complete response rate and overall response rate of AB ± R group and HD-MTX ± R group were 36...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212744/selective-nlrp3-pyrin-domain-containing-protein-3-inflammasome-inhibitor-reduces-brain-injury-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#19
Honglei Ren, Ying Kong, Zhijia Liu, Dongyun Zang, Xiaoxia Yang, Kristofer Wood, Minshu Li, Qiang Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a devastating disease without effective treatment. As a key component of the innate immune system, the NOD-like receptor (NLR) family, NLRP3 (pyrin domain-containing protein 3) inflammasome, when activated after ICH, promotes neuroinflammation and brain edema. MCC950 is a potent, selective, small-molecule NLRP3 inhibitor that blocks NLRP3 activation at nanomolar concentrations. Here, we examined the effect of MCC950 on brain injury and inflammation in 2 models of ICH in mice...
December 6, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212271/inhibition-of-astrocytic-activity-alleviates-sequela-in-acute-stages-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#20
Cheng-Di Chiu, Nai-Wei Yao, Jeng-Hung Guo, Chiung-Chyi Shen, Hsu-Tung Lee, You-Pen Chiu, Hui-Ru Ji, Xianxiu Chen, Chun-Chung Chen, Chen Chang
Neurological deterioration of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) mostly occurs within the first 24 hours. Together with the microglia/macrophages (MMΦ), astrocytes are important cell population responsible for many brain injuries but rarely being highlighted in acute stage of ICH. In present study, we induced rats ICH either by collagenase or autologous blood injection. Experimental groups were classified as vehicle or Ethyl-1-(4-(2,3,3-trichloroacrylamide)phenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxylate (Pyr3) treatment group (n = 9, each group)...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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