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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149385/pre-clinical-models-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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REVIEW
Patrick M Kochanek, Jessica S Wallisch, Hülya Bayır, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE: Despite the enormity of the problem and the lack of new therapies, research in the pre-clinical arena specifically using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) models is limited. In this review, some of the key models addressing both the age spectrum of pediatric TBI and its unique injury mechanisms will be highlighted. Four topics will be addressed, namely, (1) unique facets of the developing brain important to TBI model development, (2) a description of some of the most commonly used pre-clinical models of severe pediatric TBI including work in both rodents and large animals, (3) a description of the pediatric models of mild TBI and repetitive mild TBI that are relatively new, and finally (4) a discussion of challenges, gaps, and potential future directions to further advance work in pediatric TBI models...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146461/resveratrol-supports-and-alpha-naphthoflavone-disrupts-growth-of-human-ovarian-follicles-in-an-in-vitro-tissue-culture-model
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Jie Hao, Astrud R Tuck, Marcus O D Sjödin, Johan Lindberg, Anna Sand, Boel Niklasson, Maria Argyraki, Outi Hovatta, Pauliina Damdimopoulou
Infertility is a global health problem with an estimated incidence of 15%. Exposure to chemicals is a potential causal factor, and there is a lack of studies examining the effects on female germ cells. Here, we have studied the impact of different aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) modulators on human ovarian follicles using a human ovarian tissue culture model. Expression of AHR was analyzed in tissue samples, and effects of the selected ligands resveratrol (RSVL), 6-formylindolo(3,2-b)carbazole (FICZ), and alpha-naphthoflavone (aNF) on AHR transactivation studied in a granulosa cell tumor line...
November 13, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141986/arfgap1-restricts-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-entry-by-controlling-the-actin-cytoskeleton
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Ok-Ryul Song, Christophe J Queval, Raffaella Iantomasi, Vincent Delorme, Sabrina Marion, Romain Veyron-Churlet, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Michka Popoff, Isabelle Ricard, Samuel Jouny, Nathalie Deboosere, Frank Lafont, Alain Baulard, Edouard Yeramian, Laurent Marsollier, Eik Hoffmann, Priscille Brodin
The interaction of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) with pulmonary epithelial cells is critical for early stages of bacillus colonization and during the progression of tuberculosis. Entry of Mtb into epithelial cells has been shown to depend on F-actin polymerization, though the molecular mechanisms are still unclear. Here, we demonstrate that mycobacterial uptake into epithelial cells requires rearrangements of the actin cytoskeleton, which are regulated by ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (Arf1) and phospholipase D1 (PLD1), and is dependent on the M3 muscarinic receptor (M3R)...
November 15, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138458/low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-improves-behavioral-and-histological-outcomes-after-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury
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Wei-Shen Su, Chun-Hu Wu, Szu-Fu Chen, Feng-Yi Yang
The purpose of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) on behavioral and histological outcomes in a mouse model of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mice subjected to controlled cortical impact injury were treated with LIPUS in the injured region daily for a period of 4 weeks. The effects of LIPUS on edema were observed by MR imaging in the mouse brain at 1 and 4 days following TBI. Brain water content, blood-brain barrier permeability, histology analysis, and behavioral studies were performed to assess the effects of LIPUS...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137413/abnormal-neural-activities-of-directional-brain-networks-in-patients-with-long-term-bilateral-hearing-loss
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Long-Chun Xu, Gang Zhang, Yue Zou, Min-Feng Zhang, Dong-Sheng Zhang, Hua Ma, Wen-Bo Zhao, Guang-Yu Zhang
The objective of the study is to provide some implications for rehabilitation of hearing impairment by investigating changes of neural activities of directional brain networks in patients with long-term bilateral hearing loss. Firstly, we implemented neuropsychological tests of 21 subjects (11 patients with long-term bilateral hearing loss, and 10 subjects with normal hearing), and these tests revealed significant differences between the deaf group and the controls. Then we constructed the individual specific virtual brain based on functional magnetic resonance data of participants by utilizing effective connectivity and multivariate regression methods...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128164/grey-matter-volume-loss-is-associated-with-specific-clinical-motor-signs-in-huntington-s-disease
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Emma M Coppen, Milou Jacobs, Annette A van den Berg-Huysmans, Jeroen van der Grond, Raymund A C Roos
BACKGROUND: Motor disturbances are clinical hallmarks of Huntington's disease (HD) and involve chorea, dystonia, hypokinesia and visuomotor dysfunction. Investigating the association between specific motor signs and different regional volumes is important to understand the heterogeneity of HD. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the motor phenotype of HD and associations with subcortical and cortical grey matter volume loss. METHODS: Structural T1-weighted MRI scans of 79 HD patients and 30 healthy controls were used to calculate volumes of seven subcortical structures including the nucleus accumbens, hippocampus, thalamus, caudate nucleus, putamen, pallidum and amygdala...
November 2, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126932/docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-enhances-the-therapeutic-potential-of-neonatal-neural-stem-cell-transplantation-post-traumatic-brain-injury
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Hussein Ghazale, Naify Ramadan, Sara Mantash, Kazem Zibara, Sally El-Sitt, Hala Darwish, Farah Chamaa, Rose Mary Boustany, Stefania Mondello, Wassim Abou-Kheir, Jihane Soueid, Firas Kobeissy
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide with 1.5 million people inflicted yearly. Several neurotherapeutic interventions have been proposed including drug administration as well as cellular therapy involving neural stem cells (NSCs). Among the proposed drugs is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid, exhibiting neuroprotective properties. In this study, we utilized an innovative intervention of neonatal NSCs transplantation in combination with DHA injections in order to ameliorate brain damage and promote functional recovery in an experimental model of TBI...
November 7, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126888/single-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-produces-progressive-pathology-with-ongoing-contralateral-white-matter-damage-one-year-after-injury
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Francesca Pischiutta, Edoardo Micotti, Jennifer R Hay, Ines Marongiu, Eliana Sammali, Daniele Tolomeo, Gloria Vegliante, Nino Stocchetti, Gianluigi Forloni, Maria-Grazia De Simoni, William Stewart, Elisa R Zanier
There is increasing recognition that traumatic brain injury (TBI) may initiate long-term neurodegenerative processes, particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy. However, insight into the mechanisms transforming an initial biomechanical injury into a neurodegenerative process remain elusive, partly as a consequence of the paucity of informative pre-clinical models. This study shows the functional, whole brain imaging and neuropathological consequences at up to one year survival from single severe TBI by controlled cortical impact in mice...
November 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121826/treatment-of-traumatic-brain-injury-with-vepoloxamer-purified-poloxamer-188
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Yanlu Zhang, Michael Chopp, Martin Emanuele, Li Zhang, Zheng Gang Zhang, Mei Lu, Talan Zhang, Asim Mahmood, Ye Xiong
Vepoloxamer is an amphipathic polymer that has shown potent hemorrheologic, cytoprotective, and anti-inflammatory effects in both preclinical and clinical studies. This study was designed to investigate the therapeutic effects of vepoloxamer on sensorimotor and cognitive functional recovery in rats after traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced by controlled cortical impact. Young adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into the following groups: 1) Sham; 2) Saline; or 3) Vepoloxamer. Vepoloxamer (300 mg/kg) or saline was intravenously administered over 60 min via intravenous infusion into tail veins starting at 2 h post injury...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120655/-bone-quality-in-patients-with-acromegaly
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Martin Kužma, Ivana Ságová, Dušan Pavai, Peter Jackuliak, Zdenko Killinger, Peter Vaňuga, Juraj Payer
The impact of acromegaly on bone and the risk of fractures has not been sufficiently investigated. GH hypersecretion stimulates bone turnover, leading to an increase in bone turnover markers. Normal or even increased bone mineral density (BMD) in comparison to healthy controls have been reported, but there are some works where decreased BMD was observed among acromegaly patients with hypogonadism, particularly at lumbar spine. Less pronounced effect of GH overproduction was observed at the femoral neck, as explained by the positive effect of hypersecretion on the cortical bone (due to periosseal ossification)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119535/mitochondria-bound-hexokinase-mt-hk-activity-differ-in-cortical-and-hypothalamic-synaptosomes-differential-role-of-mt-hk-in-h2o2-depuration
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João Paulo Cavalcanti-de-Albuquerque, Eduardo de Souza Ferreira, Denise Pires de Carvalho, Antonio Galina
Glucose and oxygen are vital for the brain, as these molecules provide energy and metabolic intermediates that are necessary for cell function. The glycolysis pathway and mitochondria play a pivotal role in cell energy metabolism, which is closely related to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Hexokinase (HK) is a key enzyme involved in glucose metabolism that modulates the level of brain mitochondrial ROS by recycling ADP for oxidative phosphorylation (OxPhos). Here, we hypothesize that the control of mitochondrial metabolism by hexokinase differs in distinct areas of the brain, such as the cortex and hypothalamus, in which ROS might function as signaling molecules...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115684/bone-material-strength-index-as-measured-by-impact-microindentation-in-postmenopausal-women-with-distal-radius-and-hip-fractures
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Tamara D Rozental, Kempland C Walley, Serkalem Demissie, Signe Caksa, Adriana Martinez-Betancourt, Amber M Parker, Joy N Tsai, Elaine W Yu, Mary L Bouxsein
We tested whether cortical bone tissue properties assessed by in vivo impact microindentation would distinguish postmenopausal women with recent distal radius (DRF) or hip fracture (HF) from non-fracture controls (CONT). We enrolled postmenopausal women with recent DRF (n=57), HF (n=41) or CONT (n=93), and used impact microindentation to assess bone material strength index (BMSi) at the anterior surface of the mid-tibia diaphysis. Areal BMD (g/cm(2) ) of the femoral neck (FN), total hip (TH) and lumbar spine (LS) were measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114569/cholinergic-receptor-alterations-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-spinal-cord-injured-rat
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R Chinthu, T R Anju, C S Paulose
Many areas of the cerebral cortex process sensory information or coordinate motor output necessary for control of movement. Disturbances in cortical cholinergic system can affect locomotor coordination. Spinal cord injury causes severe motor impairment and disturbances in cholinergic signalling can aggravate the situation. Considering the impact of cortical cholinergic firing in locomotion, we focussed the study in understanding the cholinergic alterations in cerebral cortex during spinal cord injury. The gene expression of key enzymes in cholinergic pathway - acetylcholine esterase and choline acetyl transferase showed significant upregulation in the cerebral cortex of spinal cord injured group compared to control with the fold increase in expression of acetylcholine esterase prominently higher than cholineacetyl transferase...
July 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112712/the-protective-role-of-melatonin-in-porcine-oocyte-meiotic-failure-caused-by-the-exposure-to-benzo-a-pyrene
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Yilong Miao, Changyin Zhou, Qingyun Bai, Zhaokang Cui, Xiayan ShiYang, Yajuan Lu, Mianqun Zhang, Xiaoxin Dai, Bo Xiong
STUDY QUESTION: Does melatonin restore the benzo(a)pyrene (BaP)-induced meiotic failure in porcine oocytes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Melatonin effectively inhibits the increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) level and apoptotic rate in BaP-exposed porcine oocytes to recover the meiotic failure. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: BaP, a widespread environmental carcinogen found in particulate matter, 2.5 µm or less (PM2.5), has been shown to have toxicity at the level of the reproductive systems...
November 3, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111113/understanding-the-relationship-between-brain-and-upper-limb-function-in-children-with-unilateral-motor-impairments-a-multimodal-approach
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Maya Weinstein, Dido Green, Julian Rudisch, Ingar M Zielinski, Marta Benthem-Muñiz, Marijtje L A Jongsma, Verity McClelland, Bert Steenbergen, Shelly Shiran, Dafna Ben Bashat, Gareth J Barker
Atypical brain development and early brain injury have profound and long lasting impact on the development, skill acquisition, and subsequent independence of a child. Heterogeneity is present at the brain level and at the motor level; particularly with respect to phenomena of bilateral activation and mirrored movements (MMs). In this multiple case study we consider the feasibility of using several modalities to explore the relationship between brain structure and/or activity and hand function: Electroencephalography (EEG), both structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (sMRI, fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Electromyography (EMG) and hand function assessments...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108471/intranasally-delivered-wnt3a-improves-functional-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury-by-modulating-autophagic-apoptotic-and-regenerative-pathways-in-the-mouse-brain
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James Ya Zhang, Jinhwan Lee, Xiaohuan Gu, Zheng Wei, Mallory Jessica Harris, Shan Ping P Yu, Ling Wei
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a prevalent disorder, but no effective therapies currently exist. An underlying pathophysiology of TBI includes the pathologic elevation of autophagy. β-Catenin, a downstream mediator of the canonical Wnt pathway, is a repressor of autophagy. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway plays a crucial role in cell proliferation and neuronal plasticity/repair in the adult brain. We hypothesized that activation of this pathway could promote neuroprotection and neural regeneration following TBI...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107653/effect-of-controlled-cortical-impact-on-the-passage-of-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
#17
Elizabeth M Rhea, Kristin M Bullock, William A Banks
Injuries to the central nervous system can affect the blood-brain barrier (BBB), including disruption and influencing peptide transport across the BBB. Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide 38 (PACAP38) is a potent neurotrophic and neuroprotective peptide currently being investigated for its therapeutic role following injury to the central nervous system and can cross the BBB in a saturable manner. The goal of the current study was to investigate for the first time PACAP38 uptake by the brain following traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
October 28, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103867/impact-of-analgesics-on-executive-function-and-memory-in-the-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-database
#18
Lisa Doan, Daniel Choi, Richard Kline
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Pain is common in older adults but may be undertreated in part due to concerns about medication toxicity. Analgesics may affect cognition. In this retrospective cohort study, we used the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) database to examine the interaction of cognitive status and medications, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We hypothesized NSAID use would be associated with cognition and that this could be mediated through changes in brain structure...
November 2, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100305/cerebral-blood-flow-changes-in-remitted-early-and-late-onset-depression-patients
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Wenxiang Liao, Ze Wang, Xiangrong Zhang, Hao Shu, Zan Wang, Duan Liu, Zhijun Zhang
Abnormal cerebral blood flow (CBF) is reportedly associated with major depressive disorder (MDD). We have investigated CBF changes in early-onset depression (EOD) and late-onset depression (LOD), and their impact on cognitive function. Thirty-two remitted EOD patients, 32 remitted LOD patients, and 43 age-matched healthy controls were recruited, and the pulsed arterial spin labeling data were scanned under 3.0T MRI and processed through voxel-by-voxel statistical analysis. Compared to healthy controls, LOD patients had decreased normalized CBF in the bilateral precuneus, cuneus, right fronto-cingulate-striatal areas, and right temporal, occipital and parietal lobes, but increased normalized CBF in the left frontal and temporal cortices and the cingulate gyrus...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097755/lasting-deficit-in-inhibitory-control-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Benjamin Xu, Marco Sandrini, Sarah Levy, Rita Volochayev, Oluwole Awosika, John A Butman, Dzung L Pham, Leonardo G Cohen
Being able to focus on a complex task and inhibit unwanted actions or interfering information (i.e., inhibitory control) are essential human cognitive abilities. However, it remains unknown the extent to which mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) may impact these critical functions. In this study, seventeen patients and age-matched healthy controls (HC) performed a variant of the Stroop task and attention-demanding 4-choice response tasks (4CRT) with identical stimuli but two contexts: one required only routine responses and the other with occasional response conflicts...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
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