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statins and memory

Beth A Taylor, Alecia D Dager, Gregory A Panza, Amanda L Zaleski, Shashwath Meda, Gregory Book, Michael C Stevens, Sarah Tartar, C Michael White, Donna M Polk, Godfrey D Pearlson, Paul D Thompson
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has not been used to assess the effects of statins on the brain. We assessed the effect of statins on cognition using standard neuropsychological assessments and brain neural activation with fMRI on two tasks. METHODS: Healthy statin-naïve men and women (48±15 years) were randomized to 80 mg/day atorvastatin (n=66; 27 men) or placebo (n=84; 48 men) for 6 months. Participants completed cognitive testing while on study drug and 2 months after treatment cessation using alternative test and task versions...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Xiaoqin Hu, Chengwei Song, Ming Fang, Chengyan Li
Alzheimer's disease is associated with cognitive impairments that affect memory and executive functions. Simvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering statin drug that is used to control levels of cholesterol in the blood, particularly in cases of hypercholesterolemia, and may be used in the treatment of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Previous results have indicated that the apoptosis of hippocampal cells may serve a critical role in the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In the present study, it was determined whether Simvastatin inhibited the apoptosis of hippocampal cells in vitro and in vivo ...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Siroon Bekkering, Rob J W Arts, Boris Novakovic, Ioannis Kourtzelis, Charlotte D C C van der Heijden, Yang Li, Calin D Popa, Rob Ter Horst, Julia van Tuijl, Romana T Netea-Maier, Frank L van de Veerdonk, Triantafyllos Chavakis, Leo A B Joosten, Jos W M van der Meer, Henk Stunnenberg, Niels P Riksen, Mihai G Netea
Innate immune cells can develop long-term memory after stimulation by microbial products during infections or vaccinations. Here, we report that metabolic signals can induce trained immunity. Pharmacological and genetic experiments reveal that activation of the cholesterol synthesis pathway, but not the synthesis of cholesterol itself, is essential for training of myeloid cells. Rather, the metabolite mevalonate is the mediator of training via activation of IGF1-R and mTOR and subsequent histone modifications in inflammatory pathways...
January 11, 2018: Cell
Fang-Chi Hsu, Kaycee M Sink, Christina E Hugenschmidt, Jeff D Williamson, Timothy M Hughes, Nicholette D Palmer, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Benjamin C Wagner, Christopher T Whitlow, Donald W Bowden, Joseph A Maldjian, Jasmin Divers, Barry I Freedman
Background: African Americans typically perform worse than European Americans on cognitive testing. Contributions of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and educational quality to cognitive performance and brain volumes were compared in European Americans and African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Methods: Association between MRI-determined cerebral volumes of white matter (WMV), gray matter (GMV), white matter lesions (WMLV), hippocampal GMV, and modified mini mental state exam (3MSE), digit symbol coding (DSC), Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT), Stroop, and verbal fluency performance were assessed in Diabetes Heart Study Memory IN Diabetes participants...
January 4, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Eric S Goetzman
Purpose of review: This review focuses on advances made in the past three years with regards to understanding the mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation (FAO) pathway, the pathophysiological ramifications of genetic lesions in FAO enzymes, and emerging therapies for FAO disorders. Recent findings: FAO has now been recognized to play a key energetic role in pulmonary surfactant synthesis, T-cell differentiation and memory, and the response of the proximal tubule to kidney injury...
September 2017: Current Genetic Medicine Reports
Justyna Strycharz, Żaneta Rygielska, Ewa Świderska, Józef Drzewoski, Janusz Szemraj, Leszek Szmigiero, Agnieszka Śliwińska
Background SIRT1 is an epigenetic enzyme involved in histone and non-histone protein deacetylation. It acts primarily as a metabolic sensor, which responses to changing energy status by deacetylating crucial transcription factors and cofactors. In this way, SIRT1 regulates mitochondrial function and biogenesis, oxidative stress, inflammation, apoptosis and cellular senescence. Disturbance of all of these phenomena promotes the pathogenesis of diabetic complications. These disorders are inseparably connected with chronic hyperglycemia, which possesses a strong epigenetic determinant...
November 6, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Robert P Giugliano, François Mach, Kenton Zavitz, Christopher Kurtz, Kyungah Im, Estella Kanevsky, Jingjing Schneider, Huei Wang, Anthony Keech, Terje R Pedersen, Marc S Sabatine, Peter S Sever, Jennifer G Robinson, Narimon Honarpour, Scott M Wasserman, Brian R Ott
Background Findings from clinical trials of proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors have led to concern that these drugs or the low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol that result from their use are associated with cognitive deficits. Methods In a subgroup of patients from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of evolocumab added to statin therapy, we prospectively assessed cognitive function using the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery. The primary end point was the score on the spatial working memory strategy index of executive function (scores range from 4 to 28, with lower scores indicating a more efficient use of strategy and planning)...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Naveen Trehan, Luis Afonso, Diane L Levine, Phillip D Levy
Vitamin D has been traditionally recognized as a vitamin quintessential for bone-mineral health. In the past 2 decades, numerous experimental and observational studies have highlighted the role of vitamin D in immunity, metabolic syndrome (obesity and diabetes), cancers, renal disease, memory, and neurological dysfunction. In this article, we review important studies that focused on the impact of vitamin D on blood pressure, myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, and statin intolerance...
September 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Norsharina Ismail, Maznah Ismail, Nur Hanisah Azmi, Muhammad Firdaus Abu Bakar, Zhang Yida, Johnson Stanslas, Dahiru Sani, Hamidon Basri, Maizaton Atmadini Abdullah
The study determined the effect of thymoquinone rich fraction (TQRF) and thymoquinone (TQ) in the forms of nano- and conventional emulsions on learning and memory, lipid peroxidation, total antioxidant status, antioxidants genes expression and soluble β-amyloid (Aβ) levels in rats fed with a high fat-cholesterol diet (HFCD). The TQRF was extracted from Nigella sativa seeds using a supercritical fluid extraction system and prepared into nanoemulsion, which later named as TQRF nanoemulsion (TQRFNE). Meanwhile, TQ was acquired commercially and prepared into thymoquinone nanoemulsion (TQNE)...
September 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
Shun-Chang Fang, Hang Xie, Fang Chen, Mei Hu, Yan Long, Hong-Bin Sun, Ling-Yi Kong, Hao Hong, Su-Su Tang
Diabetes comes with an additional burden of moderate to severe hyperlipidemia, but little is known about the effects of lipid-lowering therapy on diabetic complications such as diabetes-associated cognitive decline. Herein we investigated the effects of statins on memory impairment and neurotoxicity in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Our data indicated that oral administration of simvastatin at 10 or 20mg/kg for 4weeks significantly ameliorated diabetes-associated memory impairment reflected by performance better in the Morris water maze and Y-maze tests...
July 4, 2017: Neuroscience
Cesar M Rueda, Ana Lucia Rodríguez-Perea, Maria Moreno-Fernandez, Courtney M Jackson, John T Melchior, W Sean Davidson, Claire A Chougnet
HDLs appear to affect regulatory T cell (Treg) homeostasis, as suggested by the increased Treg counts in HDL-treated mice and by the positive correlation between Treg frequency and HDL-cholesterol levels in statin-treated healthy adults. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Herein, we show that HDLs, not LDLs, significantly decreased the apoptosis of human Tregs in vitro, whereas they did not alter naïve or memory CD4(+) T cell survival. Similarly, oleic acid bound to serum albumin increased Treg survival...
August 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
João Pedro Ferreira, Anna Kearney Schwartz, Ghassan Watfa, Lamiral Zohra, Jacques Felblinger, Jean-Marc Boivin, Serge Bracard, Gabriella Hossu, Antoine Verger, Laure Joly, Faiez Zannad, Patrick Rossignol, Athanase Benetos
OBJECTIVES: The longitudinal ADELAHYDE-2 study aims to identify the factors associated with cognitive impairment/decline and white matter hyperintensities burden. METHODS: Longitudinal single-center study comprising two visits separated by approximately 7 years. A total of 131 patients completed the two visits. The primary outcome was global memory composite scale, while the secondary outcome was white matter hyperintensities (WMH/Fazekas scale) load. RESULTS: Global memory at visit 2 (V2) was largely influenced by age, smoking status, glycated hemoglobin, and history of stroke already present at visit 1 (V1)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Robert P Giugliano, Francois Mach, Kenton Zavitz, Christopher Kurtz, Jingjing Schneider, Huei Wang, Anthony Keech, Terje R Pedersen, Marc S Sabatine, Peter S Sever, Narimon Honarpour, Scott M Wasserman, Brian R Ott
Some observational studies raised concern that statins may cause memory impairment, leading to a US Food and Drug Administration warning. Similar questions were raised regarding proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin-type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9i) and neurocognitive function. No prospectively designed study has evaluated the relationship between long-term PCSK9i use and cognition changes. Patients with prior cardiovascular disease treated with maximally tolerated statin enrolled in FOURIER (the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled cardiovascular outcome study of the PCSK9i evolocumab) could participate in this prospective assessment of cognitive function (EBBINGHAUS)...
February 2017: Clinical Cardiology
Karol E Watson, Tamer Sallam
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February 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Md Mohaimenul Islam, Usman Iqbal, Bruno Walther, Suleman Atique, Navneet Kumar Dubey, Phung-Anh Nguyen, Tahmina Nasrin Poly, Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan Masud, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Syed-Abdul Shabbir
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines are a widely used medication in developed countries, particularly among elderly patients. However, benzodiazepines are known to affect memory and cognition and might thus enhance the risk of dementia. The objective of this review is to synthesize evidence from observational studies that evaluated the association between benzodiazepines use and dementia risk. SUMMARY: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled observational studies to evaluate the risk of benzodiazepines use on dementia outcome...
2016: Neuroepidemiology
Claudia S Robertson, James J McCarthy, Emmy R Miller, Harvey Levin, Stephen R McCauley, Paul R Swank
Statins constitute a class of medications commonly used in the treatment of elevated cholesterol. However, in experimental studies, statins also have other non-cholesterol-mediated mechanisms of action, which may have neuroprotective effects. The aim of this study was to determine whether administration of atorvastatin for 7 days post-injury would improve neurological recovery in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The hypothesis was that atorvastatin administration would reduce post-concussion symptoms and also that atorvastatin administration for 1 week post-injury would be safe...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
D B Dunger
Adolescence is a challenging period of life for any young person, and for those with Type 1 diabetes, physiological and psychological factors can result in a deterioration in glycaemic control. In young people with Type 1 diabetes, puberty may be an additional risk factor impacting on the lifetime risk for renal and cardiovascular complications. Our longitudinal studies have identified that increases in urinary albumin excretion through childhood are associated with the development of microalbuminuria and a generalized endotheliopathy linked to cardiovascular risk...
April 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
Soham Rej, Mahwesh Saleem, Nathan Herrmann, Anthi Stefatos, Allison Rau, Krista L Lanctôt
AIM: Statins have been associated with decreased cognition due to the effects of low concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) on brain function. This has remained controversial and is particularly relevant to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), who have an increased risk of cognitive decline and are frequently prescribed statins. This study hypothesized that low concentration of LDL is associated with poor cognition in CAD patients using statins. It also explored the association between high-dose versus low-dose statins on cognition in this population...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Maciej Banach, Manfredi Rizzo, Dragana Nikolic, George Howard, VirginiaJ Howard, DimitriP Mikhailidis
The key lipid-lowering target is to achieve guideline-recommended low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, usually by using statins. The new treatment strategies for lipid-lowering therapy include using proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors as an exciting approach to reduce residual risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). However, concerns about possible adverse effects, including neurocognitive disorders, were issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The current disputable evidence does not allow definite conclusions as to whether statins contribute to, or cause, clinically meaningful cognitive impairment...
February 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Patricia A Reis, Pedro C B Alexandre, Joana C D'Avila, Luciana D Siqueira, Barbara Antunes, Vanessa Estato, Eduardo V Tibiriça, Franck Verdonk, Tarek Sharshar, Fabrice Chrétien, Hugo C Castro-Faria-Neto, Fernando A Bozza
Acute brain dysfunction is a frequent condition in sepsis patients and is associated with increased mortality and long-term neurocognitive consequences. Impaired memory and executive function are common findings in sepsis survivors. Although neuroinflammation and blood-brain barrier dysfunction have been associated with acute brain dysfunction and its consequences, no specific treatments are available that prevent cognitive impairment after sepsis. Experimental sepsis was induced in Swiss Webster mice by intraperitoneal injection of cecal material (5mg/kg, 500μL)...
February 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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