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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231624/targets-and-mechanisms-in-prevention-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-immunomodulatory-treatments
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REVIEW
Marianne von Euler Chelpin, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, however, there is no cure for it. Current treatments only relieve some of the symptoms, without ceasing the disease, and lose efficacy with prolonged treatment. Considerable evidence shows that persistent inflammatory responses, involving T cell infiltration and glial cell activation, are common characteristics of human patients and play a crucial role in the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Therefore, it is important to develop therapeutic strategies that can impede or halt the disease through the modulation of the peripheral immune system by aiming at controlling the existing neuroinflammation...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231543/date-seed-extract-ameliorates-%C3%AE-amyloid-induced-impairments-in-hippocampus-of-male-rats
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Farzaneh Dehghanian, Taj Pari Kalantaripour, Khadijeh Esmaeilpour, Leila Elyasi, Hakime Oloumi, Fatmeh Mehdi Pour, Majid Asadi-Shekaari
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder among the elderly. Because the existing treatments for Alzheimer's disease only offer limited symptomatic alleviation, more efficient therapeutic agents are urgently needed. Date seed is a hepatoprotective and neuroprotective agent. Date seed extract (DSE) has bioactive components like phenolics, flavonoids, and vitamins. In view of the ameliorative effects of DSE against an oxidative injury, the current study was designed to reveal whether DSE has a neuroprotective resource in the rat model of Alzheimer's disease...
February 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231462/the-complicated-relationship-between-gaucher-disease-and-parkinsonism-insights-from-a-rare-disease
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REVIEW
Elma Aflaki, Wendy Westbroek, Ellen Sidransky
The discovery of a link between mutations in GBA1, encoding the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase, and the synucleinopathies directly resulted from the clinical recognition of patients with Gaucher disease with parkinsonism. Mutations in GBA1 are now the most common known genetic risk factor for several Lewy body disorders, and an inverse relationship exists between levels of glucocerebrosidase and oligomeric α-synuclein. While the underlying mechanisms are still debated, this complicated association is shedding light on the role of lysosomes in neurodegenerative disorders, demonstrating how insights from a rare disorder can direct research into the pathogenesis and therapy of seemingly unrelated common diseases...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231054/alzheimer-s-disease-as-an-inflammatory-disease
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Marta Bolós, Juan Ramón Perea, Jesús Avila
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by the formation of amyloid-β plaques, aggregated and hyperphosphorylated tau protein, activated microglia and neuronal cell death, ultimately leading to progressive dementia. In this short review, we focus on neuroinflammation in AD. Specifically, we describe the participation of microglia, as well as other factors that may contribute to inflammation, in neurodegeneration.
February 23, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230857/protein-phosphatase-4-coordinates-glial-membrane-recruitment-and-phagocytic-clearance-of-degenerating-axons-in-drosophila
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Lilly M Winfree, Sean D Speese, Mary A Logan
Neuronal damage induced by injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disease elicits swift immune responses from glial cells, including altered gene expression, directed migration to injury sites, and glial clearance of damaged neurons through phagocytic engulfment. Collectively, these responses hinder further cellular damage, but the mechanisms that underlie these important protective glial reactions are still unclear. Here, we show that the evolutionarily conserved trimeric protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) serine/threonine phosphatase complex is a novel set of factors required for proper glial responses to nerve injury in the adult Drosophila brain...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230822/disordered-redox-metabolism-of-brain-cells-in-rats-exposed-to-low-doses-of-ionizing-radiation-or-uhf-electromagnetic-radiation
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A P Burlaka, M O Druzhyna, A V Vovk, S М Lukin
AIM: To investigate the changes of redox-state of mammalian brain cells as the critical factor of initiation and formation of radiation damage of biological structures in setting of continuous exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation or fractionated ultra high frequency electromagnetic radiation (UHF EMR) at non-thermal levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of low-intensity ionizing radiation was studied on outbred female rats kept for 1.5 years in the Chernobyl accident zone...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230730/physical-activity-a-viable-way-to-reduce-the-risks-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-alzheimer-s-disease-and-vascular-dementia-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
Patrick J Gallaway, Hiroji Miyake, Maciej S Buchowski, Mieko Shimada, Yutaka Yoshitake, Angela S Kim, Nobuko Hongu
A recent alarming rise of neurodegenerative diseases in the developed world is one of the major medical issues affecting older adults. In this review, we provide information about the associations of physical activity (PA) with major age-related neurodegenerative diseases and syndromes, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and mild cognitive impairment. We also provide evidence of PA's role in reducing the risks of these diseases and helping to improve cognitive outcomes in older adults. Finally, we describe some potential mechanisms by which this protective effect occurs, providing guidelines for future research...
February 20, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229936/neurons-of-the-rat-cervical-spinal-cord-express-vimentin-and-neurofilament-after-intraparenchymal-injection-of-kainic-acid
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Fabián Nishida, Susana M Sisti, Carolina N Zanuzzi, Claudio G Barbeito, Enrique L Portiansky
Intermediate filaments (IF) can be altered under disorders such as neurodegenerative diseases. Kainic acid (KA) induce behavioral changes and histopathological alterations of the spinal cord of injected rats. Our goal was to evaluate the IF expression in neurons during this injury model. Animals were injected with KA at the C5 segment of the cervical spinal cord and euthanized at 1, 3 and 7 post injection (pi) days. Neuronal cell counting showed a significant loss of neurons at the injection site when compared with those of sham and non-operated animals...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229934/novel-and-functional-atg12-gene-variants-in-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease
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Yuequn Li, Jian Huang, Shuchao Pang, Haihua Wang, Aimei Zhang, Robert G Hawley, Bo Yan
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common and progressive neurodegenerative disease, including familial and sporadic cases. To date, genetic causes for sporadic PD, majority of PD cases, remain largely unknown. Accumulating evidence indicates that dysfunctional autophagy, a highly conserved cellular process, is involved in the PD pathogenesis. We speculated that changed expression levels of autophagy-related genes (ATG) may contribute to PD development. Previously, we have genetically analyzed ATG5 and ATG7 genes in sporadic PD patients and identified several functional DNA sequence variants (DSVs)...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229442/-rapidly-progressive-dementia-and-parkinsonism-associated-to-multiple-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas
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P Mejia, L M Piedra, X Merchan-Del Hierro
INTRODUCTION: Rapidly progressive dementias are an infrequent group of diseases characterised by cognitive deterioration and other neurological disorders that develop over a period ranging from weeks to months. Their causation is varied and includes a large number of neurodegenerative, toxic, metabolic, autoimmune, infectious and vascular conditions. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 69-year-old male who was admitted to hospital due to a rapidly progressive dementia and parkinsonism caused by multiple dural arteriovenous fistulas, which were successfully treated by means of endovascular therapy...
March 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229396/statistical-approaches-to-longitudinal-data-analysis-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-huntington-s-disease-as-a-model
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REVIEW
Tanya P Garcia, Karen Marder
Understanding the overall progression of neurodegenerative diseases is critical to the timing of therapeutic interventions and design of effective clinical trials. Disease progression can be assessed with longitudinal study designs in which outcomes are measured repeatedly over time and are assessed with respect to risk factors, either measured repeatedly or at baseline. Longitudinal data allows researchers to assess temporal disease aspects, but the analysis is complicated by complex correlation structures, irregularly spaced visits, missing data, and mixtures of time-varying and static covariate effects...
February 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229372/measuring-inhibition-and-cognitive-flexibility-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Louise A Corben, Felicity Klopper, Monique Stagnitti, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, John L Bradshaw, Gary Rance, Martin B Delatycki
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder with subtle impact on cognition. Inhibitory processes and cognitive flexibility were examined in FRDA by assessing the ability to suppress a predictable verbal response. We administered the Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT), the Trail Making Test, and the Stroop Test to 43 individuals with FRDA and 42 gender- and age-matched control participants. There were no significant group differences in performance on the Stroop or Trail Making Test whereas significant impairment in cognitive flexibility including the ability to predict and inhibit a pre-potent response as measured in the HSCT was evident in individuals with FRDA...
February 22, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229250/role-of-mirnas-in-human-disease-and-inborn-errors-of-metabolism
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Ana Rivera-Barahona, Belén Pérez, Eva Richard, Lourdes R Desviat
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression posttranscriptionally by base pairing with target messenger RNAs (mRNAs). They are estimated to target ∼60% of all human protein-coding genes and are involved in regulating key physiological processes and intracellular signaling pathways. They also exhibit tissue specificity, and their dysregulation is linked to the progression of pathology. Identifying disease associated miRNAs and their respective targets provides novel molecular insight into disease, enabling the design of new therapeutic strategies...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229125/the-clinical-neuroanatomical-and-neuropathologic-phenotype-of-tbk1-associated-frontotemporal-dementia-a-longitudinal-case-report
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Carolin A M Koriath, Martina Bocchetta, Emilie Brotherhood, Ione O C Woollacott, Penny Norsworthy, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Cornelis Blauwendraat, Katrina M Dick, Elizabeth Gordon, Sophie R Harding, Nick C Fox, Sebastian Crutch, Jason D Warren, Tamas Revesz, Tammaryn Lashley, Simon Mead, Jonathan D Rohrer
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene have recently been shown to cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the phenotype of TBK1-associated FTD is currently unclear. METHODS: We performed a single case longitudinal study of a patient who was subsequently found to have a novel A705fs mutation in the TBK1 gene. He was assessed annually over a 7-year period with a series of clinical, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging assessments...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228265/e3-ligase-rnf126-directly-ubiquitinates-frataxin-promoting-its-degradation-identification-of-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-friedreich-ataxia
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Monica Benini, Silvia Fortuni, Ivano Condò, Giulia Alfedi, Florence Malisan, Nicola Toschi, Dario Serio, Damiano Sergio Massaro, Gaetano Arcuri, Roberto Testi, Alessandra Rufini
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a severe genetic neurodegenerative disease caused by reduced expression of the mitochondrial protein frataxin. To date, there is no therapy to treat this condition. The amount of residual frataxin critically affects the severity of the disease; thus, attempts to restore physiological frataxin levels are considered therapeutically relevant. Frataxin levels are controlled by the ubiquitin-proteasome system; therefore, inhibition of the frataxin E3 ligase may represent a strategy to achieve an increase in frataxin levels...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228077/antioxidant-nanoplatforms-for-dermal-delivery-melatonin
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Aroha Belen Sánchez Milán, Ana C Calpena Campmany, Beatriz Clares Naveros
Melatonin (MLT) is emerging as a promising therapeutic agent, mainly due to its role as antioxidant. Substantial evidences show that melatonin is potentially effective on a variety of diseases as cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. The excellent antioxidant capacity with pharmacokinetics characteristics and the emerging search for new pharmaceutical nanotechnology based systems, make it particularly attractive to elaborate nanoplatforms based on MLT for biomedical or cosmetic dermal applications...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227432/colony-size-effect-on-neural-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-microprinted-on-stromal-cells
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Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana
Controlling cellular microenvironment to induce neural differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) remains a major challenge. We address this need by introducing a micro-engineered co-culture system that resembles embryonic development in terms of direct intercellular interactions and induces neural differentiation of ESCs. A polymeric aqueous two-phase system (ATPS)-mediated robotic microprinting technology allows precise localization of mouse ESCs (mESCs) over a layer of supporting stromal cells. mESCs proliferate over a 2-week culture period into a single colony of defined size...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226879/toward-a-low-cost-gait-analysis-system-for-clinical-and-free-living-assessment
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Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Rosie Morris, Cassim Ladha, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Aodhan Hickey, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Michael Catt
Gait is an important clinical assessment tool since changes in gait may reflect changes in general health. Measurement of gait is a complex process which has been restricted to bespoke clinical facilities until recently. The use of inexpensive wearable technologies is an attractive alternative and offers the potential to assess gait in any environment. In this paper we present the development of a low cost analysis gait system built using entirely open source components. The system is used to capture spatio-temporal gait characteristics derived from an existing conceptual model, sensitive to ageing and neurodegenerative pathology (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226226/microglia-function-in-the-central-nervous-system-during-health-and-neurodegeneration
#19
Marco Colonna, Oleg Butovsky
Microglia are resident cells of the brain that regulate brain development, maintenance of neuronal networks, and injury repair. Microglia serve as brain macrophages but are distinct from other tissue macrophages owing to their unique homeostatic phenotype and tight regulation by the central nervous system (CNS) microenvironment. They are responsible for the elimination of microbes, dead cells, redundant synapses, protein aggregates, and other particulate and soluble antigens that may endanger the CNS. Furthermore, as the primary source of proinflammatory cytokines, microglia are pivotal mediators of neuroinflammation and can induce or modulate a broad spectrum of cellular responses...
February 9, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225235/-multiple-sclerosis-a-mitochondria-mediated-disease
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Kristin N Varhaug, Christian A Vedeler, Charalampos Tzoulis, Laurence A Bindoff
BACKGROUND Mitochondria play an important role in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease. Neurodegenerative changes occur early in the course of multiple sclerosis (MS). This article aims to present information on a possible association between mitochondrial dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.MATERIAL AND METHOD The article is based on original and review articles selected following a literature search in PubMed, restricted to articles written in English, and concluded in May 2016...
February 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
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