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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820649/targets-of-neuroprotection-in-glaucoma
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Shaoqing He, Dorota L Stankowska, Dorette Z Ellis, Raghu R Krishnamoorthy, Thomas Yorio
Progressive neurodegeneration of the optic nerve and the loss of retinal ganglion cells is a hallmark of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) being the most frequent form of glaucoma in the Western world. While some genetic mutations have been identified for some glaucomas, those associated with POAG are limited and for most POAG patients, the etiology is still unclear. Unfortunately, treatment of this neurodegenerative disease and other retinal degenerative diseases is lacking...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820437/are-astrocytes-the-predominant-cell-type-for-activation-of-nrf2-in-aging-and-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Jeffrey R Liddell
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that regulates hundreds of antioxidant genes, and is activated in response to oxidative stress. Given that many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease and multiple sclerosis are characterised by oxidative stress, Nrf2 is commonly activated in these diseases. Evidence demonstrates that Nrf2 activity is repressed in neurons in vitro, and only cultured astrocytes respond strongly to Nrf2 inducers, leading to the interpretation that Nrf2 signalling is largely restricted to astrocytes...
August 18, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820184/age-related-macular-degeneration-and-mortality-the-melbourne-collaborative-cohort-study
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M B McGuinness, R P Finger, A Karahalios, R H Guymer, D R English, E W Chong, A M Hodge, L D Robman, G G Giles, J A Simpson
AimsTo assess associations between features of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and mortality.MethodsA total of 21 129 participants from the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study aged 47-85 years (60% female) were assessed for AMD (2003-2007). Mortality data to December 31, 2012 were obtained through linkage with the National Death Index. Associations were assessed using Cox regression, adjusting for age, sex, smoking, region of birth, education, physical activity, diet and alcohol.ResultsLate AMD was identified in 122 (0...
August 18, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820054/qsar-modeling-of-histamine-h3r-antagonists-inverse-agonists-as-future-drugs-for-neurodegenerative-diseases
#4
Michelle Fidelis Corrêa, João Paulo Dos Santos Fernandes
Histamine H3 receptor (H3R) is associated with several neuropsychological diseases. It is predominantly expressed in the central nervous system as presynaptic receptor, especially in regions associated with cognition and behavior, and is responsible for modulate the synthesis and release of histamine and other neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin. Therefore, H3R is an important target involved in several CNS disorders, such as narcolepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and schizophrenia...
August 17, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819888/paraquat-induced-movement-disorder-in-relation-to-oxidative-stress-mediated-neurodegeneration-in-the-brain-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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S Niveditha, S R Ramesh, T Shivanandappa
Exposure to pesticides like paraquat (PQ) is considered as a risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). PQ has been shown to induce PD-like phenotype in experimental animals. Drosophila, a valuable laboratory model organism, is widely used to study neurodegenerative disorders including PD. The acute (single dose) PQ model of PD in Drosophila is associated with high mortality as well as reversibility of locomotor deficits and, therefore, does not replicate the disease phenotype. We have investigated the relevance of the acute and multiple (sublethal) dose of PQ to induce PD-like symptoms in Drosophila and shown that multiple-dose of PQ induces irreversible locomotor impairment without significant mortality...
August 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819795/leptin-regulation-of-synaptic-function-at-hippocampal-ta-ca1-and-sc-ca1-synapses-implications-for-health-and-disease
#6
Gemma McGregor, Jenni Harvey
Growing evidence indicates that the endocrine hormone leptin regulates hippocampal synaptic function in addition to its established role as a hypothalamic satiety signal. Indeed, numerous studies show that leptin facilitates the cellular events that underlie hippocampal learning and memory including activity-dependent synaptic plasticity and glutamate receptor trafficking, indicating that leptin may be a potential cognitive enhancer. Although there has been extensive investigation into the modulatory role of leptin at hippocampal Schaffer collateral (SC)-CA1 synapses, recent evidence indicates that leptin also potently regulates excitatory synaptic transmission at the anatomically distinct temporoammonic (TA) input to hippocampal CA1 neurons...
August 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819135/ribosomal-transcription-is-regulated-by-pgc-1alpha-and-disturbed-in-huntington-s-disease
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Sarah Jesse, Hanna Bayer, Marius C Alupei, Martina Zügel, Medhanie Mulaw, Francesca Tuorto, Silke Malmsheimer, Karmveer Singh, Jürgen Steinacker, Uwe Schumann, Albert C Ludolph, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek, Anke Witting, Patrick Weydt, Sebastian Iben
PGC-1α is a versatile inducer of mitochondrial biogenesis and responsive to the changing energy demands of the cell. As mitochondrial ATP production requires proteins that derive from translation products of cytosolic ribosomes, we asked whether PGC-1α directly takes part in ribosomal biogenesis. Here, we show that a fraction of cellular PGC-1α localizes to the nucleolus, the site of ribosomal transcription by RNA polymerase I. Upon activation PGC-1α associates with the ribosomal DNA and boosts recruitment of RNA polymerase I and UBF to the rDNA promoter...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819076/-molecularly-targeted-therapy-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1-by-hmgb1
#8
Kyota Fujita, Hitoshi Okazawa
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an untreatable neurodegenerative disease. We reported a decrease in HMGB1 levels in the nucleus of cerebellar neurons in mouse SCA 1. The decrease in this DNA architectural protein leads to the impairment of DNA repair and transcription, the two essential nuclear functions, and eventually causes neurodegeneration. We have designed a gene therapy using AAV-HMGB1 and tested it using the mouse model. Based on the results of these proof of concept (POC) studies, we are now preparing GMP-level AAV vector and designing human clinical trials...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819072/-overview-of-hereditary-spinocerebellar-ataxias-in-japan
#9
Masayoshi Tada, Akio Yokoseki, Osamu Onodera
Hereditary spinocerebellar degenerations (SCD) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by slowly progressive ataxia associated with non-cerebellar neurological signs and symptoms. In the Japanese population, dominantly inherited SCDs are much more common than recessively inherited or X-linked SCDs. The most common dominantly inherited SCD in Japan, as well as in many other countries, is Machado-Joseph disease, also known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (MJD/SCA3). MJD/SCA3 is frequently accompanied by non-cerebellar symptoms, including progressive external ophthalmoplegia, pyramidal signs, dystonia, rigidity, dysarthria, and distal muscle atrophies...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819043/increased-acetylation-of-microtubules-rescues-human-tau-induced-microtubule-defects-and-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-drosophila
#10
Chuan-Xi Mao, Xue Wen, Shan Jin, Yong Q Zhang
Tau normally associates with and stabilizes microtubules (MTs), but is hyperphosphorylated and aggregated into neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases, which are collectively known as tauopathies. MTs are regulated by different forms of post-translational modification including acetylation; acetylated MTs represent a more stable microtubule population. In our previous study, we show that inhibition of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6), which deacetylates tubulin at lysine 40, rescues defects in MTs and in neuromuscular junction growth caused by tau overexpression...
August 17, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818825/mr-imaging-features-of-the-cerebellum-in-adult-onset-neuronal-intranuclear-inclusion-disease-8-cases
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A Sugiyama, N Sato, Y Kimura, T Maekawa, M Enokizono, Y Saito, Y Takahashi, H Matsuda, S Kuwabara
Neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease is a neurodegenerative disorder pathologically characterized by eosinophilic hyaline intranuclear inclusions. A high-intensity signal along the corticomedullary junction on DWI has been described as a specific MR imaging finding of the cerebrum in neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease. However, MR imaging findings of the cerebellum in neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease have not been fully evaluated. Here, we review MR imaging findings of the cerebellum in a series of 8 patients with pathologically confirmed neuronal intranuclear inclusion disease...
August 17, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818116/distinct-white-matter-microstructural-abnormalities-and-extracellular-water-increases-relate-to-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-with-and-without-cerebrovascular-disease
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Fang Ji, Ofer Pasternak, Siwei Liu, Yng Miin Loke, Boon Linn Choo, Saima Hilal, Xin Xu, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Christopher Li-Hsian Chen, Juan Zhou
BACKGROUND: Mixed vascular and neurodegenerative dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) with concomitant cerebrovascular disease, has emerged as the leading cause of age-related cognitive impairment. The brain white matter (WM) microstructural changes in neurodegeneration well-documented by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can originate from brain tissue or extracellular free water changes. The differential microstructural and free water changes in AD with and without cerebrovascular disease, especially in normal-appearing WM, remain largely unknown...
August 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817841/-practical-use-of-continuous-apomorphine-infusion-via-pump
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Lars Tönges, Andrés Ceballos-Baumann, Holger Honig, Alexander Storch, Wolfgang H Jost
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative illness after Alzheimer's disease. In its advanced stages, it is characterized by various special symptoms. In addition to non-motor signs, motor complications are most prominent and most often can only be inadequately improved with pulsatile oral therapies. However, with the aid of continuous dopaminergic stimulation, improvements can be achieved even in advanced stages of the disease. This will not only alleviate motor and non-motor symptoms, but will also lead to a better quality of life...
August 17, 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817722/nicotinamide-alone-accelerates-the-conversion-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neuronal-populations
#14
Síle M Griffin, Mark R Pickard, Rowan P Orme, Clive P Hawkins, Adrian C Williams, Rosemary A Fricker
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role during embryogenesis. Specifically, there is growing evidence that nicotinamide, the biologically active form of vitamin B3, plays a critical role as a morphogen in the differentiation of stem cells to mature cell phenotypes, including those of the central nervous system (CNS). Detailed knowledge of the action of small molecules during neuronal differentiation is not only critical for uncovering mechanisms underlying lineage-specification, but also to establish more effective differentiation protocols to obtain clinically relevant cells for regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington's disease (HD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817613/diflunisal-inhibits-prestin-by-chloride-dependent-mechanism
#15
Guillaume Duret, Fred A Pereira, Robert M Raphael
The motor protein prestin is a member of the SLC26 family of anion antiporters and is essential to the electromotility of cochlear outer hair cells and for hearing. The only direct inhibitor of electromotility and the associated charge transfer is salicylate, possibly through direct interaction with an anion-binding site on prestin. In a screen to identify other inhibitors of prestin activity, we explored the effect of the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal, which is a derivative of salicylate. We recorded prestin activity by whole-cell patch clamping HEK cells transiently expressing prestin and mouse outer hair cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817498/an-interprofessional-approach-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-care
#16
Jerri L Jaffa, Marlene Dufault, Mary Lavin
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brain stem, and motor cortex that are responsible for voluntary movement. For unknown reasons, military veterans are approximately twice as likely as the public to be given a diagnosis of ALS. Currently, there is no cure for ALS. The only US Food and Drug Administration-approved disease-modifying medication is riluzole (Rilutek), which may slow ALS progression but only minimally increases survival time...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817274/notch-inhibitors-from-calotropis-gigantea-that-induce-neuronal-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells
#17
Tatsuro Yoneyama, Midori A Arai, Ryuta Akamine, Kazune Koryudzu, Anna Tsuchiya, Samir K Sadhu, Firoj Ahmed, Motoyuki Itoh, Ryuichi Okamoto, Masami Ishibashi
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease occur due to loss of the structure and function of neurons. For the potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, accelerators of neuronal differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) have been focused on and a cell-based assay system for measuring Notch signaling pathway activity was constructed. Using this assay system, eight compounds isolated from Calotropis gigantea were identified as inhibitors of the Notch signaling pathway...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817252/experimental-and-theoretical-insights-into-the-inhibition-mechanism-of-prion-fibrillation-by-resveratrol-and-its-derivatives
#18
Lanlan Li, Yongchang Zhu, Shuangyan Zhou, Xiaoli An, Yan Zhang, Qifeng Bai, Yong-Xing He, Huanxiang Liu, Xiao-Jun Yao
Resveratrol and its derivatives have been shown to display beneficial effects to neurodegenerative diseases. However, the molecular mechanism of resveratrol and its derivatives on prion conformational conversion is poorly understood. In this work, the interaction mechanism between prion and resveratrol as well as its derivatives were investigated using steady-state fluorescence quenching, Thioflavin T binding assay, western blotting and molecular dynamics simulation. Protein fluorescence quenching method and Thioflavin T assay revealed that resveratrol and its derivatives could interact with prion and interrupt prion fibrils formation...
August 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817221/neuroprotective-effects-of-honokiol-from-chemistry-to-medicine
#19
REVIEW
Sylwia Talarek, Joanna Listos, Davide Barreca, Ester Tellone, Antoni Sureda, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Nady Braidy, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
The incidence of neurological disorders is growing in developed countries together with increased lifespan. Nowadays, there are still no effective treatments for neurodegenerative pathologies, which make necessary to search for new therapeutic agents. Natural products, most of them used in traditional medicine, are considered promising alternatives for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Honokiol is a natural bioactive phenylpropanoid compound, belonging to the class of neolignan, found in notable amounts in the bark of Magnolia tree, and has been reported to exert diverse pharmacological properties including neuroprotective activities...
August 17, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817209/huntington-s-disease-a-clinical-review
#20
Peter McColgan, Sarah J Tabrizi
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fully penetrant neurodegenerative disease caused by a dominantly inherited CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion in the huntingtin gene on chromosome 4. In Western populations HD has a prevalence of 10.6-13.7 individuals per 100,000. It is characterised by cognitive, motor and psychiatric disturbance. At the cellular level mutant huntingtin results in neuronal dysfunction and death through a number of mechanisms, including disruption of proteostasis, transcription and mitochondrial function and direct toxicity of the mutant protein...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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