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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912087/plug-and-play-brain-understanding-integration-of-transplanted-neurons-for-brain-repair
#1
Shane Grealish, Malin Parmar
In a recent issue of Nature,Falkner et al. (2016) use chronic two-photon imaging, virus-based transsynaptic tracing, and dynamic calcium indicators to elegantly demonstrate extensive in vivo functional maturation and target-specific functional integration of transplanted embryonic mouse cortical progenitors into adult lesioned visual cortical circuits.
December 1, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909274/-three-mitral-valve-operations-in-a-patient-with-trousseau-syndrome-and-nonbacterial-thrombotic-endocarditis-caused-by-ovarian-cancer
#2
Masahito Saito, Naoki Asano, Kazunori Ota, Kazuho Niimi, Koyu Tanaka, Shigeyoshi Gon, Hiroshi Takano
A 52-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for acute right hemi-paresis, left homonymous hemianopia, and fever. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed multiple cerebral infarctions and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed a vegetation on the posterior leaflet of her mitral valve. Mitral valve repair was performed under a diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE). Further multiple cerebral infarctions occurred on the 11th postoperative day, resulting in left hemiplegia and dysarthria...
December 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908782/adaptive-responses-of-neuronal-mitochondria-to-bioenergetic-challenges-roles-in-neuroplasticity-and-disease-resistance
#3
REVIEW
Sophia M Raefsky, Mark P Mattson
An important concept in neurobiology is "neurons that fire together, wire together" which means that the formation and maintenance of synapses is promoted by activation of those synapses. Very similar to the effects of the stress of exercise on muscle cells, emerging findings suggest that neurons respond to activity by activating signaling pathways (e.g., Ca(2+), CREB, PGC-1α, NF-κB) that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cellular stress resistance. These pathways are also activated by aerobic exercise and food deprivation, two bioenergetic challenges of fundamental importance in the evolution of the brains of all mammals, including humans...
November 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905576/label-free-monitoring-of-tissue-biochemistry-following-traumatic-brain-injury-using-raman-spectroscopy
#4
Jakub Maciej Surmacki, Laura Ansel-Bollepalli, Francesca Pischiutta, Elisa R Zanier, Ari Ercole, Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) constitutes a major cause of death and long-term disability. At present, we lack methods to non-invasively track tissue biochemistry and hence select appropriate interventions for patients. We hypothesized that detailed label-free vibrational chemical analysis of focal TBI could provide such information. We assessed the early spatial and temporal changes in tissue biochemistry that are associated with brain injury in mice. Numerous differences were observed in the spectra of the contusion core and pericontusional tissue between 2 and 7 days...
December 1, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900211/in-vivo-expression-of-reprogramming-factors-increases-hippocampal-neurogenesis-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-chronic-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
#5
Soohyun Wi, Ji Hea Yu, MinGi Kim, Sung-Rae Cho
Neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity can be stimulated in vivo in the brain. In this study, we hypothesized that in vivo expression of reprogramming factors such as Klf4, Sox2, Oct4, and c-Myc would facilitate endogenous neurogenesis and functional recovery. CD-1® mice were induced at 1 week of age by unilaterally carotid artery ligation and exposure to hypoxia. At 6 weeks of age, mice were injected GFP only or both four reprogramming factors and GFP into lateral ventricle. Passive avoidance task and open field test were performed to evaluate neurobehavioral function...
2016: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899315/injury-stimulated-sonic-hedgehog-expression-in-microglia-contributes-to-neuroinflammatory-response-in-the-mptp-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Jung Hwi Lee, Young Cheul Chung, Eugene Bok, Hankyu Lee, Sue Hee Huh, Ji Eun Lee, Byung Kwan Jin, Hyuk Wan Ko
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder in which dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) region are selectively destroyed. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been well known to play a key role in a variety of processes such as embryogenesis, cell proliferation and protection, and tissue repair during inflammation. However, the evidences for the innate role of Shh in adult brain injury are presently lacking and studies have been needed to unveil the importance of Shh in the process of neurodegeneration...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898262/characterization-of-genetic-loss-of-function-of-fus-in-zebrafish
#7
Svetlana Lebedeva, António M de Jesus Domingues, Falk Butter, René F Ketting
The RNA-binding protein FUS is implicated in transcription, alternative splicing of neuronal genes and DNA repair. Mutations in FUS have been linked to human neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). We genetically disrupted fus in zebrafish (Danio rerio) using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. The fus knockout animals are fertile and did not show any distinctive phenotype. Mutation of fus induces mild changes in gene expression on the transcriptome and proteome level in the adult brain...
November 29, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897111/aggressive-antioxidant-reductive-stress-impairs-brain-endothelial-cell-angiogenesis-and-blood-brain-barrier-function
#8
Shireen Mentor, David Fisher
Oxidative stress in the brain microvasculature is a common characteristic in models of cerebrovascular disease. Considering the effects of reactive oxygen species activity in vascular-derived insults, it is naturally prudent to hypothesize those interventions inhibiting reactive oxygen species activity, such as antioxidant supplementation, may be beneficial for cerebrovascular disease. Hyper doses of antioxidant supplements, and foods with high antioxidant concentrations, are commonly used as an ongoing remedial and 'over-the-counter' treatments for most seasonal ailments...
November 29, 2016: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896143/new-avenues-for-reducing-intensive-care-needs-in-patients-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#9
EDITORIAL
Pierre A Guertin
Relatively soon after their accident, patients suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI) begin generally experiencing the development of significant, often life-threatening secondary complications. Many of which are associated with chronic physical inactivity-related immune function problems and increasing susceptibility to infection that repeatedly requires intensive care treatment. Therapies capable of repairing the spinal cord or restoring ambulation would normally prevent many of these problems but, as of now, there is no cure for SCI...
November 4, 2016: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893897/imaging-of-glial-cell-activation-and-white-matter-integrity-in-brains-of-active-and-recently-retired-national-football-league-players
#10
Jennifer M Coughlin, Yuchuan Wang, Il Minn, Nicholas Bienko, Emily B Ambinder, Xin Xu, Matthew E Peters, John W Dougherty, Melin Vranesic, Soo Min Koo, Hye-Hyun Ahn, Merton Lee, Chris Cottrell, Haris I Sair, Akira Sawa, Cynthia A Munro, Christopher J Nowinski, Robert F Dannals, Constantine G Lyketsos, Michael Kassiou, Gwenn Smith, Brian Caffo, Susumu Mori, Tomas R Guilarte, Martin G Pomper
Importance: Microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system, play an important role in the brain's response to injury and neurodegenerative processes. It has been proposed that prolonged microglial activation occurs after single and repeated traumatic brain injury, possibly through sports-related concussive and subconcussive injuries. Limited in vivo brain imaging studies months to years after individuals experience a single moderate to severe traumatic brain injury suggest widespread persistent microglial activation, but there has been little study of persistent glial cell activity in brains of athletes with sports-related traumatic brain injury...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890638/aberrant-base-excision-repair-pathway-of-oxidatively-damaged-dna-implications-for-degenerative-diseases
#11
Ibtissam Talhaoui, Bakhyt T Matkarimov, Thierry Tchenio, Dmitry O Zharkov, Murat K Saparbaev
In cellular organisms composition of DNA is constrained to only four nucleobases A, G, T and C, except for minor DNA base modifications such as methylation which serves for defence against foreign DNA or gene expression regulation. Interestingly, this severe evolutionary constraint among other things demands DNA repair systems to discriminate between regular and modified bases. DNA glycosylases specifically recognize and excise damaged bases among vast majority of regular bases in the base excision repair (BER) pathway...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886261/neil3-induced-neurogenesis-protects-against-prion-disease-during-the-clinical-phase
#12
Clara M O Jalland, Katja Scheffler, Sylvie L Benestad, Torfinn Moldal, Cecilie Ersdal, Gjermund Gunnes, Rajikala Suganthan, Magnar Bjørås, Michael A Tranulis
Base excision repair (BER) is the major pathway for repair of oxidative DNA damage. Mice with genetic knockout of the BER enzyme Neil3 display compromised neurogenesis in the sub-ventricular zone of the lateral ventricle and sub-granular layer of the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. To elucidate the impact of oxidative DNA damage-induced neurogenesis on prion disease we applied the experimental prion disease model on Neil3-deficient mice. The incubation period for the disease was similar in both wild type and Neil3(-/-) mice and the overall neuropathology appeared unaffected by Neil3 function...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884724/optogenetic-stimulation-of-glutamatergic-neuronal-activity-in-the-striatum-enhances-neurogenesis-in-the-subventricular-zone-of-normal-and-stroke-mice
#13
Mingke Song, Shan Ping Yu, Osama Mohamad, Wenyuan Cao, Zheng Zachory Wei, Xiaohuan Gu, Michael Qize Jiang, Ling Wei
Neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the adult brain may contribute to tissue repair after brain injuries. Whether SVZ neurogenesis can be upregulated by specific neuronal activity in vivo and promote functional recovery after stroke is largely unknown. Using the spatial and cell type specific optogenetic technique combined with multiple approaches of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo examinations, we tested the hypothesis that glutamatergic activation in the striatum could upregulate SVZ neurogenesis in the normal and ischemic brain...
November 21, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884460/endogenous-spinal-cord-stem-cells-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-its-animal-model
#14
Ruxandra Covacu, Lou Brundin
The adult mammalian spinal cord (SC) harbors neural stem cells (NSCs). The SC-NSCs are mostly quiescent during physiological conditions but are quickly activated in traumatic injury models. The SC-NSCs generate mostly glia, but are able to differentiate into neurons when affected by favourable conditions. An example is the inflammatory milieu in the SC of rat EAE, where the SC-NSCs migrate into demyelinated lesions and give rise to both glia and neurons. In MS, cells with progenitor phenotypes accumulate in inflammatory lesions both in brain and SC, but the extent to which these cells contribute to repair remains to be revealed...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882448/sirtuins-and-their-roles-in-brain-aging-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
#15
Henryk Jęśko, Przemysław Wencel, Robert P Strosznajder, Joanna B Strosznajder
Sirtuins (SIRT1-SIRT7) are unique histone deacetylases (HDACs) whose activity depends on NAD(+) levels and thus on the cellular metabolic status. SIRTs regulate energy metabolism and mitochondrial function. They orchestrate the stress response and damage repair. Through these functions sirtuins modulate the course of aging and affect neurodegenerative diseases. SIRTSs interact with multiple signaling proteins, transcription factors (TFs) and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) another class of NAD(+)-dependent post-translational protein modifiers...
November 24, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882423/cardio-ankle-vascular-index-cavi-and-plasma-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-level-correlate-with-aortopathy-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#16
Yumi Shiina, Koichiro Niwa
It is challenging to evaluate aortopathy in congenital heart disease using conventional investigations such as brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV). Therefore, we evaluated the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), a dimension of the ascending aorta and plasma transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) level, in order to find novel noninvasive parameters of aortopathy in adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Prospectively, we enrolled 42 consecutive adults with TOF (28 patients with repaired TOF were not on ARB, 8 patients with repaired TOF on ARB, 6 patients with no repair or only palliative repair) and 20 age-matched healthy controls...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882335/id-ealizing-control-of-adult-subventricular-zone-neural-stem-precursor-cell-differentiation-for-cns-regeneration
#17
COMMENT
Christian Bohrer, Christian Schachtrup
The adult central nervous system (CNS) was considered a comparatively static tissue with little cell turnover. It is now well established that there is more plasticity than previously thought and that astrocytes act as neural stem/precursor cells (NSPCs) in the subventricular zone (SVZ). The discovery that these NSPCs can give rise to a limited number of new neurons, reactive astrocytes and oligodendrocytes contributing to brain repair in CNS disease, has raised hopes toward harnessing these cells for therapeutic interventions...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881777/temporal-profiling-of-astrocyte-precursors-reveals-parallel-roles-for-asef-during-development-and-after-injury
#18
Lesley S Chaboub, Jeanne M Manalo, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Stacey M Glasgow, Fengju Chen, Yoshihiro Kawasaki, Tetsu Akiyama, Chay T Kuo, Chad J Creighton, Carrie A Mohila, Benjamin Deneen
: Lineage development is a stepwise process, governed by stage-specific regulatory factors and associated markers. Astrocytes are one of the principle cell types in the CNS and the stages associated with their development remain very poorly defined. To identify these stages, we performed gene-expression profiling on astrocyte precursor populations in the spinal cord, identifying distinct patterns of gene induction during their development that are strongly correlated with human astrocytes...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878658/role-of-matricellular-proteins-in-disorders-of-the-central-nervous-system
#19
A R Jayakumar, A Apeksha, M D Norenberg
Matricellular proteins (MCPs) are actively expressed non-structural proteins present in the extracellular matrix, which rapidly turnover and possess regulatory roles, as well as mediate cell-cell interactions. MCPs characteristically contain binding sites for other extracellular proteins, cell surface receptors, growth factors, cytokines and proteases, that provide structural support for surrounding cells. MCPs are present in most organs, including brain, and play a major role in cell-cell interactions and tissue repair...
November 23, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878274/regulatory-t-cells-exhibit-neuroprotective-effect-in-a-mouse-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
#20
Yunhu Yu, Fang Cao, Qishan Ran, Xiaochuan Sun
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major health and socioeconomic problem as it is associated with high rates of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been reported to reduce inflammatory response in several diseases, including myasthenia gravis, viral myocarditis and cerebral infarction. The present study investigated the role of Tregs in mediating neuro‑protective effects in a mouse model of TBI. Initially, Treg levels were determined, and compared between the controlled cortical impact (CCI) model for moderate TBI and the sham group, by using flow cytometry and ELISA...
November 18, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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