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Athanasios Papathanasiou, Ioannis Markakis
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is mainly classified into acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) and acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN). Although diagnosis of GBS requires progressive weakness and universal areflexia or hyporeflexia, cases of GBS with preserved or increased deep tendon reflexes (DTRs) have been increasingly recognized. We report three cases of GBS, presenting at a single unit in six months. Our first case presented with pure sensory symptoms. The second case had nonspecific generalized weakness, while the third presented with typical ascending weakness...
2016: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
A Arturo Leis, Dobrivoje S Stokic
Worldwide concern over Zika virus causing Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) soared after recent reports that Zika-related weakness was due to GBS. A global strategic response plan was initiated with recommendations for at-risk countries to prepare for GBS. This plan has major economic implications, as nations with limited resources struggle to implement costly immunotherapy. Since confirmation of causality is prerequisite to providing specific management recommendations, it is prudent to review data endorsing a GBS diagnosis...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Hai Yu, Yanhong Li, Jie Zeng, Vireak Thon, Dung M Nguyen, Thao Ly, Hui Yu Kuang, Alice Ngo, Xi Chen
Glycosphingolipids are a diverse family of biologically important glycolipids. In addition to variations on the lipid component, more than 300 glycosphingolipid glycans have been characterized. These glycans are directly involved in various molecular recognition events. Several naturally occurring sialic acid forms have been found in sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids, namely gangliosides. However, ganglioside glycans containing less common sialic acid forms are currently not available. Herein, highly effective one-pot multienzyme (OPME) systems are used in sequential for high-yield and cost-effective production of glycosphingolipid glycans, including those containing different sialic acid forms such as N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac), N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), 2-keto-3-deoxy-D-glycero-D-galacto-nononic acid (Kdn), and 8-O-methyl-N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac8OMe)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Duncan Hieu M Dam, Xiao-Qi Wang, Sarah Sheu, Mahima Vijay, Desmond Shipp, Luke Miller, Amy S Paller
Activation of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) receptor (IGF1R) signaling induces keratinocyte migration, but little is known about its regulation, including in diabetic wounds. GM3, a lipid raft ganglioside synthesized by GM3 synthase (GM3S), regulates receptor signaling. In diabetic mice, knockout or topically-applied nanoconstruct-mediated knockdown of GM3S promotes wound edge IGF1R phosphorylation and re-epithelialization. Through modulating GM3 expression, we explored the role of GM3 in regulating human keratinocyte IGF1R signaling...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Masaya Takehara, Teruhisa Takagishi, Soshi Seike, Kyohei Oishi, Yoshino Fujihara, Kazuaki Miyamoto, Keiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Nagahama
Clostridium perfringens type A, a Gram-positive, anaerobic bacterium, causes gas gangrene. Recently, we reported that C. perfringens α-toxin blocked neutrophil differentiation in an enzyme activity-dependent manner to impair host innate immunity, which should be crucial for the pathogenesis of C. perfringens. However, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. Lipid rafts have been reported to be platforms for signaling molecules involved in the regulation of cell differentiation in many different cell types...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Vanessa Gonçalves Pereira, Matheus Trovão de Queiroz, Vânia D'Almeida
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is caused by deficiency of α-l-iduronidase, involved in degradation of glycosaminoglycans. Clinical manifestations are widely variable and patients with severe phenotype present developmental delay and cognitive decline, among other systemic alterations. MPS I patients present secondary accumulation of gangliosides in neuronal cells, besides accumulation of undegraded glycosaminoglycans. Reduction of Neu1 expression has been previously observed in the cerebellum of MPS I mice; to be active, neuraminidase 1 forms the lysosomal multienzyme complex (LMC) with two other proteins, β-galactosidase and protective protein/cathepsin A, involved in stepwise degradation of gangliosides in the lysosomes...
October 6, 2016: Gene
Tokiaki Yamaguchi, Yoshio Yamauchi, Keiko Furukawa, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Yuki Ohkawa, Qing Zhang, Tetsuya Okajima, Koichi Furukawa
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia characterized by the extracellular accumulation of amyloid β (Aβ) peptides, which are produced by proteolytic cleavages of amyloid precursor protein (APP). Gangliosides are involved in AD pathophysiology including Aβ deposition and APP processing, yet the detailed mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we examined how changes in the carbohydrate moiety of gangliosides alter APP processing in human melanoma cells, neuroectoderm-derived cells...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pablo H H Lopez, Susan Aja, Kazuhiro Aoki, Marcus M Seldin, Xia Lei, Gabriele V Ronnett, G William Wong, Ronald L Schnaar
Sialyltransferases are a family of 20 gene products in mice and humans that transfer sialic acid from its activated precursor, CMP-sialic acid, to the terminus of glycoprotein and glycolipid acceptors. ST3Gal-II (coded by the St3gal2 gene) transfers sialic acid preferentially to the 3-position of galactose on the Galβ1-3GalNAc terminus of gangliosides GM1 and GD1b to synthesize GD1a and GT1b respectively. Mice with a targeted disruption of St3gal2 unexpectedly displayed late-onset obesity and insulin resistance...
September 28, 2016: Glycobiology
Michael B Dinkins, Guanghu Wang, Erhard Bieberich
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), particularly exosomes, have emerged in the last 10 years as a new player in the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) with high potential for being useful as a diagnostic and treatment tool. Exosomes and other EVs are enriched with the sphingolipid ceramide as well as other more complex glycosphingolipids such as gangliosides. At least a subpopulation of exosomes requires neutral sphingomyelinase activity for their biogenesis and secretion. As ceramide is often elevated in AD, exosome secretion may be affected as well...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Shuting Ji, Kyohei Tokizane, Yuki Ohkawa, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Ryoichi Banno, Tetsuya Okajima, Hiroshi Kiyama, Koichi Furukawa, Keiko Furukawa
Gangliosides are widely involved in the regulation of cells and organs. However, little is known about their roles in adipose tissues and hypothalamus. In GD3 synthase-knockout (GD3S KO) mice, deletion of b-series gangliosides resulted in the reduction of serum leptin due to disturbed secretion from adipocytes. To examine whether leptin signals altered, leptin/leptin receptor (ObR)-mediated signaling in hypothalamus was analyzed. Hypothalamus of GD3S KO mouse showed increased expression of GM1 and GD1a, and increased activation of ObR-mediated signals such as pSTAT3 and c-Fos...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
V Šmíd, T Petr, K Váňová, J Jašprová, J Šuk, L Vítek, F Šmíd, L Muchová
Bile acids have been implicated in cholestatic liver damage, primarily due to their detergent effect on membranes and induction of oxidative stress. Gangliosides can counteract these harmful effects by increasing the rigidity of the cytoplasmic membrane. Induction of haem oxygenase (HMOX) has been shown to protect the liver from increased oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to determine the changes in the synthesis and distribution of liver gangliosides following bile duct ligation (BDL), and to assess the effects of HMOX both on cholestatic liver injury and ganglioside metabolism...
2016: Folia Biologica (Praha)
Maria A Gonzalez Porras, Paul N Durfee, Ashley M Gregory, Gary C Sieck, C Jeffrey Brinker, Carlos B Mantilla
BACKGROUND: Trophic interactions between muscle fibers and motoneurons at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) play a critical role in determining motor function throughout development, aging, injury, or disease. Treatment of neuromuscular disorders is hindered by the inability to selectively target motoneurons with pharmacological and genetic interventions. NEW METHOD: We describe a novel delivery system to motoneurons using mesoporous silica nanoparticles encapsulated within a lipid bilayer (protocells) and modified with the atoxic subunit B of the cholera toxin (CTB) that binds to gangliosides present on neuronal membranes...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Silke Herzer, Sascha Meldner, Klara Rehder, Hermann-Josef Gröne, Viola Nordström
Decreased neuronal insulin receptor (IR) signaling in Alzheimer's disease is suggested to contribute to synaptic loss and neurodegeneration. This work shows that alteration of membrane microdomains increases IR levels and signaling, as well as neuronal viability in AD models in vitro and in vivo. Neuronal membrane microdomains are highly enriched in gangliosides. We found that inhibition of glucosylceramide synthase (GCS), the key enzyme of ganglioside biosynthesis, increases viability of cortical neurons in 5xFAD mice, as well as in cultured neurons exposed to oligomeric amyloid-β-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs)...
2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Binzhi Tang, Dejian Wang, Maojun Li, Qing Wu, Qian Yang, Wei Shi, Changhui Chen
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia/ischemia (HI) brain injury is a common central nervous system insult in newborns. Studies have demonstrated bioactivity of ginsenoside Rg1 in increasing neural viability and promoting angiogenesis. However, there are few reports on roles of Rg1 in brain repair of neonatal HI, and the mechanisms involved are unclear. METHODS: a neonatal HI model was established by a modified Rice-Vannucci model (RVM) and pups received ginsenoside Rg1 or monosialotetrahexosyl ganglioside (GM1) treatment...
October 5, 2016: Pediatric Research
Barbara Richichi, Claudia Pastori, Stefano Gherardi, Assunta Venuti, Antonella Cerreto, Francesca Sanvito, Lucio Toma, Lucia Lopalco, Cristina Nativi
Glycosphingolipids (GSLs) are involved in HIV-1 entry. GM-3 ganglioside, a widespread GSL, affects HIV entry and infection in different ways, depending on the concentration, through its anchoring activity in lipid rafts. This explains why the induction of an altered GSLs metabolism was a tempting approach to reducing HIV-1 cell infection. This study assayed the biological properties of a synthetic GM-3 lactone mimetic, 1, aimed at blocking HIV-1 infection without inducing the adverse events expected by an altered metabolism of GLSs in vivo...
August 12, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Suaad Abd-Elhadi, Misericordia Basora, Dolores Vilas, Eduardo Tolosa, Ronit Sharon
The validity of α-synuclein (α-Syn) as a biomarker for Parkinson's disease (PD) is still under investigation. Conventional methods for capture and quantitation of α-Syn protein in human samples are primarily based on anti-α-Syn antibodies. Specific and competent antibodies were raised against α-Syn. However, capture by anti-α-Syn antibodies may be limited to specific epitope recognition, attributed to protein structure or post-translational modifications. Hence, antibody-based methods for α-Syn capture raise a concern regarding their efficacy to detect the intracellular, unfolded α-Syn pool...
November 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Gabriela Timarova, Iveta Lisa, Peter Kukumberg
Rasmussen's encephalitis is a rare autoimmune encephalitis usually involving one brain hemisphere, presenting with refractory epileptic seizures, and neurological and cognitive decline. Only 10% of cases start later in adolescence/adulthood. The only effective treatment for refractory seizures in childhood is hemispherectomy. For late-onset cases with mild neurological deficit the hemispherectomy is usually postponed because of its severe consequences. Immunotherapy shows some temporal effect for seizure control and slowing the brain atrophy, mainly in late onset Rasmussen's encephalitis...
July 16, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Jee-Eun Kim, Jong Kuk Kim, Kang Min Park, Yerim Kim, Dae Young Yoon, Jong Seok Bae
Since the first description of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) 100 years ago, the concept of this syndrome has changed remarkably. The purpose of our study was to identify and characterize the most-cited articles that have contributed to advancing the understanding of GBS. Based on the database of Journal Citation Reports, we selected 554 journals that were considered as potential sources of reports on studies related to clinical neurology and general medicine. The Web of Science search tools were used to identify the most-cited articles relevant to GBS or other variants in the selected journals...
September 12, 2016: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
Ruo-Xu Gu, Helgi I Ingólfsson, Alex H de Vries, Siewert J Marrink, D Peter Tieleman
Gangliosides are glycolipids in which an oligosaccharide headgroup containing one or more sialic acids is connected to a ceramide. Gangliosides reside in the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane and play a crucial role in various physiological processes such as cell signal transduction and neuronal differentiation by modulating structures and functions of membrane proteins. Because the detailed behavior of gangliosides and protein-ganglioside interactions are poorly known, we investigated the interactions between the gangliosides GM1 and GM3 and the proteins aquaporin (AQP1) and WALP23 using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and potential of mean force calculations at both coarse-grained (CG) and atomistic levels...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Ayumi Uchibori, Atsuko Gyohda, Atsuro Chiba
Although serum IgG anti-ganglioside GQ1b antibody is the most specific biomarker for Fisher syndrome and its related disorders (FS-RD), 10%-30% of the patients are still negative in conventional assays ("GQ1b-seronegative") and the relationship between GQ1b-seropositive and -seronegative patients has been unclear. Some molecules require Ca(2+) cations to interact with their ligands (Ca(2+)-dependency). Here we have investigated whether Ca(2+)-dependency is also present in anti-GQ1b antibodies in FS-RD, especially in the GQ1b-seronegative patients and show that IgG antibodies against GQ1b-related antigens (isolated GQ1b and GQ1b-containing complexes) are detected Ca(2+)-dependently in the majority of GQ1b-seronegative patients with FS-RD...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
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