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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245067/lin28a-functionally-modulates-bupivacaine-induced-dorsal-root-ganglion-neuron-apoptosis-through-trka-activation
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Liangsheng Yu, Yuanxu Jiang, Bin Tang
PURPOSE: Lin-28 Homolog A gene (Lin28a) is an important regulator in nerve system. In this study, we investigated the functional mechanism of Lin28a during the process of bupivacaine (BUP)-induced neuronal apoptosis of spinal cord dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRGNs). METHODS: Young mouse DRGNs were cultured in vitro and treated with series concentrations of BUP. Apoptosis was evaluated by TUNEL assay. Corresponding Lin28a mRNA and protein expressions were evaluated by qRT-PCR and western blot (WB) assays...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245066/immuno-biological-comparison-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-a-reverted-and-activated-state
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Mehdi Najar, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Wissam H Faour, Adil El Taghdouini, Gordana Raicevic, Leo A van Grunsven, Mustapha Najimi, Etienne Sokal, Laurence Lagneaux
Human hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) demonstrated great immunological plasticity with important consequences for liver cell therapy. Activated HSCs (aHSCs) are in vitro reverted (rHSCs) to a quiescent-like phenotype with potential benefit to reduce liver fibrosis. The goal of this study is to establish and compare the immunological profile of activated and in vitro reverted HSCs and to investigate the impact of inflammatory priming on the immunobiology of both HSCs populations. The distribution of inflammatory primed activated and reverted HSCs across the different phases of the cell cycle is assessed by flow cytometry...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245000/does-traumatic-brain-injury-hold-the-key-to-the-alzheimer-s-puzzle
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Robert E Becker, Dimitrios Kapogiannis, Nigel H Greig
INTRODUCTION: Neurodegenerative disorders have been a graveyard for hundreds of well-intentioned efforts at drug discovery and development. Concussion and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share many overlapping pathologies and possible clinical links. METHODS: We searched the literature since 1995 using MEDLINE and Google Scholar for the terms concussion, AD, and shared neuropathologies. We also studied a TBI animal model as a supplement to transgenic (Tg) mouse AD models for evaluating AD drug efficacy by preventing neuronal losses...
December 12, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244902/feasibility-of-predicting-tumor-motion-using-online-data-acquired-during-treatment-and-a-generalized-neural-network-optimized-with-offline-patient-tumor-trajectories
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Troy Teo, Syed Bilal Ahmed, Nadia Alayoubi, Neil Bruce, Ethan Lyn, Stephen Pistorius
PURPOSE: The accurate prediction of intra-fraction lung tumor motion is required to compensate for system latency in image-guided adaptive radiotherapy systems. The goal of this study was to identify an optimal prediction model that has a short learning period so that prediction and adaptation can commence soon after treatment begins, and requires minimal re-optimization for individual patients. Specifically, the feasibility of predicting tumor position using a combination of a generalized (i...
December 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244816/treatment-with-albumin-hydroxyoleic-acid-complex-restores-sensorimotor-function-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury-efficacy-and-gene-expression-regulation
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Gerardo Avila-Martin, Manuel Mata-Roig, Iriana Galán-Arriero, Julian S Taylor, Xavier Busquets, Pablo V Escribá
Sensorimotor dysfunction following incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) is often characterized by paralysis, spasticity and pain. Previously, we showed that intrathecal (i.t.) administration of the albumin-oleic acid (A-OA) complex in rats with SCI produced partial improvement of these symptoms and that oral 2-hydroxyoleic acid (HOA, a non-hydrolyzable OA analogue), was efficacious in the modulation and treatment of nociception and pain-related anxiety, respectively. Here we observed that intrathecal treatment with the complex albumin-HOA (A-HOA) every 3 days following T9 spinal contusion injury improved locomotor function assessed with the Rotarod and inhibited TA noxious reflex activity in Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244806/cellular-selectivity-of-aav-serotypes-for-gene-delivery-in-neurons-and-astrocytes-by-neonatal-intracerebroventricular-injection
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Sean L Hammond, Ashley N Leek, Evan H Richman, Ronald B Tjalkens
The non-pathogenic parvovirus, adeno-associated virus (AAV), is an efficient vector for transgene expression in vivo and shows promise for treatment of brain disorders in clinical trials. Currently, there are more than 100 AAV serotypes identified that differ in the binding capacity of capsid proteins to specific cell surface receptors that can transduce different cell types and brain regions in the CNS. In the current study, multiple AAV serotypes expressing a GFP reporter (AAV1, AAV2/1, AAVDJ, AAV8, AAVDJ8, AAV9, AAVDJ9) were screened for their infectivity in both primary murine astrocyte and neuronal cell cultures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244763/bisphenol-a-causes-liver-damage-and-selectively-alters-the-neurochemical-coding-of-intrahepatic-parasympathetic-nerves-in-juvenile-porcine-models-under-physiological-conditions
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Michael Thoene, Liliana Rytel, Ewa Dzika, Andrzej Włodarczyk, Ewa Kruminis-Kaszkiel, Ptaszyński Konrad, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an extremely common polymer that is used in typical everyday products throughout the world, especially in food and beverage containers. Within the last ten years, it has been found that the BPA monomer tends to leach into foodstuffs, and nanogram concentrations of it may cause a variety of deleterious health effects. These health problems are very evident in developing children and in young adults. The aim of this study was to expose developing pigs to dietary BPA at both legally acceptable and ten-fold higher levels...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244749/serum-levels-of-s100b-and-nse-proteins-in-patients-with-non-transfusion-dependent-thalassemia-as-biomarkers-of-brain-ischemia-and-cerebral-vasculopathy
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Aikaterini Kanavaki, Konstantinos Spengos, Maria Moraki, Polyxeni Delaporta, Catherine Kariyannis, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Antonis Kattamis
Patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia (NTDT) are at risk of developing brain ischemia. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) has been established as a useful screening tool of cerebrovascular disease in patients with sickle cell disease. Proteins neuron specific enolase (NSE) and S100B are biomarkers that reflect CNS injury. The purpose of this study is to evaluate cerebral vessel vasculopathy and brain damage in NTDT patients using non-invasive methods as TCD and measurement serum levels of NSE and S100B...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244637/u-shaped-relation-between-prestimulus-alpha-and-poststimulus-gamma-band-power-in-temporal-tactile-perception-in-the-human-somatosensory-cortex
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Marc André Wittenberg, Thomas J Baumgarten, Alfons Schnitzler, Joachim Lange
Neuronal oscillations are a ubiquitous phenomenon in the human nervous system. Alpha-band oscillations (8-12 Hz) have been shown to correlate negatively with attention and performance, whereas gamma-band oscillations (40-150 Hz) correlate positively. Here, we studied the relation between prestimulus alpha-band power and poststimulus gamma-band power in a suprathreshold tactile discrimination task. Participants received two electrical stimuli to their left index finger with different SOAs (0 msec, 100 msec, intermediate SOA, intermediate SOA ± 10 msec)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244245/substance-p-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-in-young-and-adult-rats-after-nociceptive-stimulation-during-the-neonatal-period
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Ana Leda Bertoncini Simões, Greice Anne Rodrigues Silva, Carolina Giorgetto, Elisabete de Cassia do Carmo-Campos, Fernando José Dias, Valéria Paula Sassoli Fazan
The nervous system is highly plastic during the neonatal period, being sensitive to noxious stimuli, which may cause short- and long-term pain responsivity changes. Understanding plasticity in peripheral pain pathways is crucial, particularly when the nervous system is still under development and remodeling process. Substance P (SP) is widely used as a marker for peripheral neurons with unmyelinated and small myelinated fibers. We investigated the number of SP immunoreactive neurons in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) of male and female Wistar rats, 15 and 180 days after nociceptive stimulation during the neonatal period...
December 15, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244234/mechanisms-of-caspr2-antibodies-in-autoimmune-encephalitis-and-neuromyotonia
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Kristina R Patterson, Josep Dalmau, Eric Lancaster
OBJECTIVE: To determine the pathogenic mechanisms of autoantibodies to the cell adhesion molecule Caspr2 in acquired neuromyotonia and autoimmune encephalitis. METHODS: Caspr2 positive samples were confirmed using a cell-based assay, and their IgG subtypes were determined by ELISA and cell-based assay. A solid phase binding assay quantified the binding of Caspr2 to contactin-2 in the presence of Caspr2 autoantibodies. Living cultures of primary rat hippocampal neurons were incubated with Caspr2-positive or control sera and the distribution of Caspr2-positive immunofluorescent puncta and total surface Caspr2 were quantified...
December 15, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244233/inadequate-brain-glycogen-or-sleep-increases-spreading-depression-susceptibility
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Kivilcim Kilic, Hulya Karatas, Buket Donmez-Demir, Emine Eren-Kocak, Yasemin Gursoy-Ozdemir, Alp Can, Jean-Marie Petit, Pierre J Magistretti, Turgay Dalkara
OBJECTIVE: Glycogen in astrocyte endfeet contributes to maintenance of low extracellular glutamate and K+ concentrations around synapses. Sleep deprivation (SD), a common migraine trigger induces transcriptional changes in astrocytes reducing glycogen breakdown. We hypothesize that when glycogen utilization cannot match synaptic energy demand, extracellular K+ can rise to levels that activate neuronal pannexin-1 channels and downstream inflammatory pathway, which might be one of the mechanisms initiating migraine headaches...
December 15, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244151/diffusion-weighted-imaging-detects-early-brain-injury-after-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest-in-pigs
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Ren Wang, Guoxing Weng, Shun Yu, Shuangbo Dai, Weiwei Zhang, Feng Zhu
OBJECTIVES: Cerebral injury is a complication of surgery with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA). This study aimed to evaluate diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for the early detection of brain injury after DHCA in an animal model. METHODS: Twelve healthy, adult, male miniature pigs were randomly divided into the DHCA (to receive DHCA; n = 6) and the control (sham surgery under anaesthesia; n = 6) groups. All animals received DWI, T1-weighted imaging (T1WI) and T2WI the day before surgery, 7 h postoperatively and 24 h postoperatively...
December 12, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243911/neurodegenerative-disease-proteinopathies-are-connected-to-distinct-histone-post-translational-modification-landscapes
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Karen Chen, Seth A Bennett, Navin Rana, Huda Yousuf, Mohamed Said, Sadiqa Taaseen, Natalie Mendo, Steven Marc Meltser, Mariana Torrente
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are devastating neurodegenerative diseases involving the progressive degeneration of neurons. No cure is available for patients diagnosed with these diseases. A prominent feature for both ALS and PD is the accumulation of protein inclusions in the cytoplasm of degenerating neurons; however, the particular protein comprising these inclusions varies. The RNA-binding proteins TDP-43 and FUS are most notable in ALS, while α-synuclein aggregates into Lewy bodies in PD...
December 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243588/dynamic-modulation-of-activity-in-cerebellar-nuclei-neurons-during-pavlovian-eyeblink-conditioning-in-mice
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Michiel Manuel Ten Brinke, Shane Heiney, Xiaolu Wang, Martina Proietti-Onori, Henk-Jan Boele, Jacob Bakermans, Javier F Medina, Zhenyu Gao, Chris I De Zeeuw
While research on the cerebellar cortex is crystallizing our understanding of its function in learning behavior, many questions surrounding its downstream targets remain. Here, we evaluate the dynamics of cerebellar interpositus nucleus (IpN) neurons over the course of Pavlovian eyeblink conditioning. A diverse range of learning-induced neuronal responses was observed, including increases and decreases in activity during the generation of conditioned blinks. Trial-by-trial correlational analysis and optogenetic manipulation demonstrate that facilitation in the IpN drives the eyelid movements...
December 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243587/human-subthalamic-nucleus-activity-during-non-motor-decision-making
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Baltazar A Zavala, Anthony I Jang, Kareem A Zaghloul
Recent studies have implicated the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in decisions that involve inhibiting movements. Many of the decisions that we make in our daily lives, however, do not involve any motor actions. We studied non-motor decision making by recording intraoperative STN and prefrontal cortex (PFC) electrophysiology as participants perform a novel task that required them to decide whether to encode items into working memory. During all encoding trials, beta band (15-30 Hz) activity decreased in the STN and PFC, and this decrease was progressively enhanced as more items were stored into working memory...
December 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243196/chronic-mild-hyperhomocysteinemia-alters-inflammatory-and-oxidative-nitrative-status-and-causes-protein-dna-damage-as-well-as-ultrastructural-changes-in-cerebral-cortex-is-acetylsalicylic-acid-neuroprotective
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Daniella de S Moreira, Paula W Figueiró, Cassiana Siebert, Caroline A Prezzi, Francieli Rohden, Fatima C R Guma, Vanusa Manfredini, Angela T S Wyse
Homocysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid derived from methionine metabolism. When plasma homocysteine levels exceed 10-15 μM, there is a condition known as hyperhomocysteinemia, which occur as a result of an inborn error of methionine metabolism or by non-genetic causes. Mild hyperhomocysteinemia is considered a risk factor for development of neurodegenerative diseases. The objective of the present study was to evaluate whether acetylsalicylic acid has neuroprotective role on the effect of homocysteine on inflammatory, oxidative/nitrative stress, and morphological parameters in cerebral cortex of rats subjected to chronic mild hyperhomocysteinemia...
December 14, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243191/pharmacologically-induced-impairment-of-neurovascular-coupling-responses-alters-gait-coordination-in-mice
#18
Stefano Tarantini, Andriy Yabluchanksiy, Gábor A Fülöp, Peter Hertelendy, M Noa Valcarcel-Ares, Tamas Kiss, Jonathan M Bagwell, Daniel O'Connor, Eszter Farkas, Farzaneh Sorond, Anna Csiszar, Zoltan Ungvari
There is correlative evidence that impaired cerebral blood flow (CBF) regulation, in addition to promoting cognitive impairment, is also associated with alterations in gait and development of falls in elderly people. CBF is adjusted to neuronal activity via neurovascular coupling (NVC) and this mechanism becomes progressively impaired with age. To establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between impaired NVC and gait abnormalities, we induced neurovascular uncoupling pharmacologically in young C57BL/6 mice by inhibiting the synthesis of vasodilator mediators involved in NVC...
December 14, 2017: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243173/magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-of-two-cases-with-multinodular-and-vacuolating-neuronal-tumor
#19
Erkan Gökçe
Multinodular and vacuolating neuronal tumors (MVNT) are low grade neuronal tumors classified in cerebral tumors based on 2016 WHO central nerve system classification. Previously, MVNTs were probably tumors incidentally determined by imaging methods, but they could not be diagnosed or they were misdiagnosed. Two cases are reported in the present study, for which radiological imaging was carried out for epilepsy in one and for headache in the other. The first case was a twenty seven years old female patient with headache complaint...
December 14, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243172/therapeutic-delivery-of-simvastatin-loaded-in-pla-peg-polymersomes-resulted-in-amplification-of-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-activated-microglia
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Dharani Manickavasagam, Kimberly Novak, Moses O Oyewumi
Simvastatin (Sim), a lipid-lowering drug has been studied in chronic neuroinflammation associated with degenerative brain disorders due to its potential protective properties against inflammatory reaction, oxidative damage, neuronal dysfunction, and death. Meanwhile, potential application of Sim in neuroinflammation will require a suitable delivery system that can overcome notable challenges pertaining to poor blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and side/off-target effects. Herein, we engineered and characterized nano-sized polymersomes loaded with Sim (Sim-Ps) using PEG-PdLLA (methoxy polyethylene glycol-poly(D,L) lactic acid) diblock co-polymers...
December 14, 2017: AAPS Journal
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