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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445961/azilsartan-ameliorates-apoptosis-of-dopaminergic%C3%A2-neurons-and-rescues-characteristic-parkinsonian-behaviors-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Qing Gao, Zhou Ou, Teng Jiang, You-Yong Tian, Jun-Shan Zhou, Liang Wu, Jian-Quan Shi, Ying-Dong Zhang
Loss of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra (SN) is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD), which leads to the onset of motor symptoms. Previously, our in vitro studies revealed that Angiotensin II (Ang II) induced apoptosis of dopaminergic neurons through its type 1 receptor (AT1R), but these findings needed to be confirmed via animal experiments. Here, using a rotenone-induced rat model of PD, we observed an overactivation of Ang II/AT1R axis in the SN, since Ang II level and AT1R expression were markedly increased...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444940/h-reflex-and-m-wave-recordings-effect-of-pressure-application-to-the-stimulation-electrode-on-the-assessment-of-evoked-potentials-and-subject-s-discomfort
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Thomas Cattagni, Angèle N Merlet, Christophe Cornu, Marc Jubeau
This study aimed to compare the effect of different types of pressure applied to the stimulation electrode on assessing the efficiency of Ia-α-motoneuron transmission of the soleus muscle and the associated discomfort using electrical nerve stimulation. Twelve healthy young adults participated in three experimental sessions (one for each knee angle). The amplitudes of the maximal Hoffmann reflex (Hmax ) and motor potential (Mmax ) were recorded from the soleus muscle at 0°, 30° and 90° knee angles (0° full extension) through three pressure applications to the stimulation electrode: no pressure, pressure with manual application and pressure using adhesive tape...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444866/new-insights-into-neurogenic-cyclic-motor-activity-in-the-isolated-guinea-pig-colon
#3
M Costa, L Wiklendt, L Keightley, S J H Brookes, P G Dinning, N J Spencer
BACKGROUND: The contents of the guinea pig distal colon consist of multiple pellets that move anally in a coordinated manner. This row of pellets results in continued distention of the colon. In this study, we have investigated quantitatively the features of the neurally dependent colonic motor patterns that are evoked by constant distension of the full length of guinea-pig colon. METHODS: Constant distension was applied to the excised guinea-pig by high-resolution manometry catheters or by a series of hooks...
April 26, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442357/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-promotes-neuroplasticity-and-motor-recovery-in-stroke-rats
#4
Yefei Sun, Xi Cheng, Huibin Wang, Xiaopeng Mu, Yifan Liang, YuJia Luo, Huiling Qu, Chuansheng Zhao
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS: Racemic l-3-n-butylphthalide (dl-NBP), is able to achieve a functional recovery in animal models of cerebral ischemia, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we investigated the effect of dl-NBP on axonal growth, neurogenesis and behavioral performances in rats with cerebral ischemia. METHODS: Focal cerebral ischemia in rats was produced by intracerebral injection of endothelin-1. Starting from postoperative day 7, the experimental rats were administered 70mg/kg dl-NBP by oral gavage for two weeks...
April 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441483/discovery-of-a-novel-class-of-survival-motor-neuron-2-splicing-modifiers-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Emmanuel Pinard, Luke Green, Michael Reutlinger, Marla Weetall, Nikolai N Naryshkin, John Baird, Karen S Chen, Sergey V Paushkin, Friedrich Metzger, Hasane Ratni
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutation or deletion of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, resulting in low levels of functional SMN protein. We have reported recently the identification of small molecules (coumarins, iso-coumarins and pyrido-pyrimidinones) that modify the alternative splicing of SMN2, a paralogous gene to SMN1, restoring the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein level in mouse models of SMA. Herein, we report our efforts to identify a novel chemotype as one strategy to potentially circumvent safety concerns from earlier derivatives, such as in-vitro phototoxicity and in-vitro mutagenicity associated with compounds 1 and 2 or the in-vivo retinal findings observed in a long term chronic tox study with 3 at high exposures only...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439720/the-impact-of-oral-promethazine-on-human-whole-body-motion-perceptual-thresholds
#6
Ana Diaz-Artiles, Adrian J Priesol, Torin K Clark, David P Sherwood, Charles M Oman, Laurence R Young, Faisal Karmali
Despite the widespread treatment of motion sickness symptoms using drugs and the involvement of the vestibular system in motion sickness, little is known about the effects of anti-motion sickness drugs on vestibular perception. In particular, the impact of oral promethazine, widely used for treating motion sickness, on vestibular perceptual thresholds has not previously been quantified. We examined whether promethazine (25 mg) alters vestibular perceptual thresholds in a counterbalanced, double-blind, within-subject study...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436589/short-chain-fatty-acids-augment-rat-duodenal-mucosal-barrier-function
#7
Wan Salman Wan Saudi, Markus Sjöblom
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced by bacterial fermentation in the large intestine, particularly from diets containing fibres and carbohydrates. The small intestinal epithelium is exposed to SCFAs derived mainly from oral bacteria or food supplementation. Although luminal nutrients are important in regulation of intestinal functions the role of SCFAs in regulation of small intestinal mucosal barrier function and motility has not been fully described. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the effects of acetate and propionate on duodenal mucosal barrier function and motility...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432690/sucking-behaviour-in-infants-born-preterm-and-developmental-outcomes-at-primary-school-age
#8
Mechteld I Wolthuis-Stigter, Saakje P Da Costa, Arend F Bos, Wim P Krijnen, Cees P Van Der Schans, Margreet R Luinge
AIM: To determine the association between sucking in infants born preterm and developmental outcomes at 5 years. METHOD: Thirty-four infants were included (mean gestational age 30wks 4d, mean birthweight 1407g). The Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale was used longitudinally from 37 to 50 weeks postmenstrual age. At 5 years, we assessed motor skills, intelligence, language, verbal memory, and behavioural problems. Linear regression analyses were performed to test whether aspects of sucking behaviour predicted these developmental outcomes...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432010/exposure-to-an-enriched-environment-facilitates-motor-recovery-and-prevents-short-term-memory-impairment-and-reduction-of-striatal-bdnf-in-a-progressive-pharmacological-model-of-parkinsonism-in-mice
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Clarissa L C Campêlo, José R Santos, Anatildes F Silva, Aline L Dierschnabel, André Pontes, Jeferson S Cavalcante, Alessandra M Ribeiro, Regina H Silva
Previous studies showed that the repeated administration with a low dose of reserpine (RES) induces a gradual appearance of motor signs and cognitive deficits compatible with parkinsonism in rodents. Environmental stimulation has neuroprotective effects in animal models of neurodegenerative damage, including acutely induced parkinsonism. We investigated the effects of exposure to an enriched environment (EE) on motor, cognitive and neuronal (levels of tyrosine hydroxylase, TH and brain derived neurotrophic factor, BDNF) deficits induced by a progressive model of Parkinson's disease (PD) in mice...
April 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430014/pediatric-oral-motor-feeding-assessments-a-systematic-review
#10
C Barton, M Bickell, S Fucile
AIM: To describe the clinical properties and psychometric soundness of pediatric oral motor feeding assessments. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycInfo, and HAPI databases. Assessments were analyzed for their clinical and psychometric characteristics. RESULTS: 12 assessment tools were identified to meet the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Clinical properties varied from assessments evaluating oral-motor deficits, screening to identify feeding problems, and monitoring feeding progress...
April 21, 2017: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425479/perturbed-oral-motor-control-due-to-anesthesia-during-intraoral-manipulation-of-food
#11
Joannis Grigoriadis, Abhishek Kumar, Peter Svensson, Krister G Svensson, Mats Trulsson
Sensory information from periodontal mechanoreceptors (PMRs) surrounding the roots of natural teeth is important for optimizing the positioning of food and adjustment of force vectors during precision biting. The present experiment was designed to test the hypothesis; that reduction of afferent inputs from the PMRs, by anesthesia, perturbs the oral fine motor control and related jaw movements during intraoral manipulation of morsels of food. Thirty healthy volunteers with a natural dentition were equally divided into experimental and control groups...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424899/a-polysomnographic-study-in-parkinsonian-patients-treated-with-intestinal-levodopa-infusion
#12
Maurizio Zibetti, Alberto Romagnolo, Aristide Merola, Lorenzo Priano, Elisa Montanaro, Serena Angrisano, Antonella Tribolo, Alessandro Cicolin, Leonardo Lopiano
Sleep disorders are very common in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) and have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of patients. Questionnaire-based studies suggest that sleep quality might improve following levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of LCIG infusion and subsequent oral medication changes on polysomnography (PSG) and sleep symptoms in advanced PD patients. Eleven PD patients underwent PSG at baseline and after 3.8 ± 1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423066/influence-of-maternal-anxiety-on-child-anxiety-during-dental-care-cross-sectional-study
#13
Paloma Busato, Raíssa Rigo Garbín, Catielma Nascimento Santos, Luiz Renato Paranhos, Lilian Rigo
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES: Anxiety is usually classified as a disorder of neurotic nature and is often related to contexts of stress, which may include worries, motor tension and autonomic hyperactivity. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of mothers' anxiety on their children's anxiety during dental care. DESIGN AND SETTING: Analytical cross-sectional study conducted at in a private dentistry school in the south of Brazil. METHODS: Convenience sampling was used...
April 13, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413325/the-psychopharmacological-activities-of-vietnamese-ginseng-in-mice-characterization-of-its-psychomotor-sedative-hypnotic-antistress-anxiolytic-and-cognitive-effects
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Irene Joy I Dela Peña, Hee Jin Kim, Chrislean Jun Botanas, June Bryan de la Peña, Thi Hong Van Le, Minh Duc Nguyen, Jeong Hill Park, Jae Hoon Cheong
BACKGROUND: Panax vietnamensis Ha et Grushv. or Vietnamese ginseng (VG) is a recently discovered ginseng species. Studies on its chemical constituents have shown that VG is remarkably rich in ginseng saponins, particularly ocotillol saponins. However, the psychopharmacological effects of VG have not been characterized. Thus, in the present study we screened the psychopharmacological activities of VG in mice. METHODS: VG extract (VGE) was orally administered to mice at various dosages to evaluate its psychomotor (open-field and rota-rod tests), sedative-hypnotic (pentobarbital-induced sleeping test), antistress (cold swimming test), anxiolytic (elevated plus-maze test), and cognitive (Y-maze and passive-avoidance tests) effects...
April 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412164/diagnosis-and-management-of-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-among-older-persons-state-of-the-art
#15
REVIEW
Omar Ortega, Alberto Martín, Pere Clavé
Oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) is a condition recognized by the World Health Organization and defined as the difficulty or inability to move a bolus safely and effectively from the oral cavity to the esophagus, and can include aspirations, choking, and residue. OD is pandemic among different phenotypes of older people, affecting between 27% and 91% of the population 70 years or older. Although OD can be diagnosed by well-defined clinical methods and complementary explorations, in the clinical setting OD is seldom systematically screened and treated, and awareness among the medical/geriatric community is scarce...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409284/development-prevention-and-treatment-of-feeding-tube-dependency
#16
REVIEW
Hilde Krom, J Peter de Winter, Angelika Kindermann
Enteral nutrition is effective in ensuring nutritional requirements and growth. However, when tube feeding lasts for a longer period, it can lead to tube dependency in the absence of medical reasons for continuation of tube feeding. Tube-dependent children are unable or refuse to start oral activities and they lack oral skills. Tube dependency has health-, psychosocial-, and economy-related consequences. Therefore, the transition to oral feeding is of great importance. However, this transition can be very difficult and needs a multidisciplinary approach...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405912/continuous-transdermal-delivery-of-l-dopa-based-on-a-self-assembling-nanomicellar-system
#17
Amnon C Sintov, Haim V Levy, Igor Greenberg
PURPOSE: When levodopa (L-DOPA) is administered orally, it is eliminated from the body very quickly resulting in a series of sharp fluctuations in its blood concentrations. These frequent changes in blood levels are considered to be responsible for the development of late motor complications and dyskinesias, which are troubling clinical and treatment issues in Parkinson's disease. Transdermal drug delivery is a patient-compliant method for delivering therapeutics into the systemic circulation in a continuous and controlled manner...
April 12, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403198/analgesic-efficacy-of-tramadol-in-cats-with-naturally-occurring-osteoarthritis
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Beatriz P Monteiro, Mary P Klinck, Maxim Moreau, Martin Guillot, Paulo V M Steagall, Jean-Pierre Pelletier, Johanne Martel-Pelletier, Dominique Gauvin, Jérôme R E Del Castillo, Eric Troncy
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to (1) compare outcome assessments in normal and osteoarthritic cats and (2) evaluate the analgesic efficacy of tramadol in feline osteoarthritis (OA), in a prospective, randomised, blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover design. METHODS: Twenty cats were included after clinical examination, blood work and full body radiographs were performed. In Phase 1, outcome assessments aimed to differentiate normal (n = 5; i.e. exempt of any radiographic and clinical sign of OA) from OA (n = 15) cats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396635/spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-shr-are-resistant-to-a-reserpine-induced-progressive-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-differences-in-motor-behavior-tyrosine-hydroxylase-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression
#19
Anderson H F F Leão, Ywlliane S R Meurer, Anatildes F da Silva, André M Medeiros, Clarissa L C Campêlo, Vanessa C Abílio, Rovena C G K Engelberth, Jeferson S Cavalcante, Geison S Izídio, Alessandra M Ribeiro, Regina H Silva
Reserpine is an irreversible inhibitor of vesicular monoamine transporter-2 (VMAT2) used to study Parkinson's disease (PD) and screening for antiparkinsonian treatments in rodents. Recently, the repeated treatment with a low-dose of reserpine was proposed as a progressive model of PD. Rats under this treatment show progressive catalepsy behavior, oral movements and spontaneous motor activity decrement. In parallel, compared to Wistar rats, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) are resistant to acute reserpine-induced oral dyskinesia...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394273/hippocampal-neuronal-loss-in-infant-macaques-orally-infected-with-virulent-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-siv
#20
Heather Carryl, Koen K A Van Rompay, Kristina De Paris, Mark W Burke
The neurological impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) on children includes loss of brain growth, motor abnormalities and cognitive dysfunction. Despite early antiretroviral treatment (ART) intervention to suppress viral load, neurological consequences of perinatal HIV-1 infection persist. Utilizing the pediatric simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection model, we tested the hypothesis that early-life SIV infection depletes neuronal population in the hippocampus. A total of 22 ART-naïve infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) from previous studies were retrospectively analyzed...
April 10, 2017: Brain Sciences
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