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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088535/neurobiological-consequences-of-juvenile-stress-a-gabaergic-perspective-on-risk-and-resilience
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Anne Albrecht, Iris Müller, Ziv Ardi, Gürsel Çalışkan, David Gruber, Sebastian Ivens, Menahem Segal, Joachim Behr, Uwe Heinemann, Oliver Stork, Gal Richter-Levin
ALBRECHT, A., MÜLLER, I., ARDI, Z., ÇALIŞKAN, G., GRUBER, D., IVENS, S., SEGAL, M., BEHR, J., HEINEMANN, U., STORK, O., and RICHTER-LEVIN, G. Neurobiological consequences of juvenile stress: a GABAergic perspective on risk and resilience. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV XXX-XXX, 2016. - Childhood adversity is among the most potent risk factors for developing mood and anxiety disorders later in life. Therefore, understanding how stress during childhood shapes and rewires the brain may optimize preventive and therapeutic strategies for these disorders...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071266/biogen-s-portfolio-and-research-efforts-in-multiple-sclerosis-an-interview-with-dr-ralph-kern
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Ralph Kern
Ralph Kern speaks to Laura Dormer, Commissioning Editor: Dr Ralph Kern is Senior Vice President and Head of Worldwide Medical at Biogen in Cambridge, MA, USA. In this role, he oversees Biogen's global therapeutic, regional and country medical teams, global medical operations, as well as medical research and scientific communications functions. Prior to joining Biogen, he was head of the Neuroscience Medical Unit at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and held various medical and commercial leadership roles at Genzyme Corporation...
January 10, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063207/lithiumeter-version-2-0
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Gin S Malhi, Samuel Gershon, Tim Outhred
BACKGROUND: The Lithiumeter was developed as a visual and practical guide for determining lithium levels in the management of bipolar disorder (BD). It appears to have been well received, as evidenced by its increasing popularity amongst doctors as a deskside clinical aide, and adoption and reproduction of the schematic in clinical guidelines and texts. However, since its publication 5 years ago, key basic neuroscience and clinical research developments pertaining to lithium have significantly advanced our understanding, necessitating further refinement of guidance concerning the practicalities of lithium therapy...
December 2016: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031978/translational-research-needs-us-to-go-back-to-basics-and-collaborate-interview-with-lars-sundstrom
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Lars Sundstrom
Lars Sundstrom is Director of Enterprise and Translation at the West of England Academic Health Sciences Network [1] (UK), a Professor of Practice in Translational Medicine and Co-Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at Bristol University [2] (UK), and an honorary Professor of Medicine at Cardiff University (UK). He has extensive experience in translational medicine and clinical neurosciences, holding positions at several eminent universities. He has also held executive and board-level positions at several SMEs, developing new therapeutics for neurological conditions and tools for drug discovery...
September 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025948/perspectives-of-in-vivo-bioluminescence-imaging-application-to-basic-and-translational-neuroscience
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Stefanie Vogel, Franziska Collmann, Mathias Hoehn
BACKGROUND: In vivo bioluminescence imaging has been used extensively for screening assays and for qualitative determination of localization of cells, in particular in cancer studies. OBJECTIVE: In this review we show the potential of this noninvasive molecular imaging modality to investigate gene activity, dynamic processes and translational disease processes, all under true in vivo conditions with the specific focus on brain. RESULTS: We demonstrate a range of applications of bioluminescence imaging in basic and translational neuroscience...
December 26, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017150/nanotechnology-in-neuroscience-and-its-perspective-as-gene-carrier
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T M T Khan, D Wei, P H L Tran, T D T Thao
Gene therapy has a strong potential in neuroscience by suppressing or replacing abnormalities in genetic materials. The employment of nano-gene carrier for neurological disorders is comparatively young and restricted since the aim to effectively deliver therapeutic agents into the central nervous system (CNS) commonly has confronted difficulties of several natural occurring barriers in the body and unfavorable characteristics of pharmaceutical agents. Two major anatomical and biochemical barriers are blood-brain barrier (BBB) and blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB), which significantly prevent permeation of most drugs and genes to brain parenchyma...
December 22, 2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005425/a-hidden-epithelial-barrier-in-the-brain-with-a-central-role-in-regulating-brain-homeostasis-implications-for-aging
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Roosmarijn E Vandenbroucke
Despite increasing interest the last years, the choroid plexus still is a relatively understudied tissue in neuroscience. The choroid plexus contains fenestrated capillaries surrounded by tightly connected choroid plexus epithelial cells that form the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. The choroid plexus is the main source of cerebrospinal fluid production, assures removal of toxic waste products, and acts as gatekeeper of the brain by the presence of resident inflammatory cells. Increasing evidence shows that choroid plexus' dysfunction, via altered secretory, transport, immune, and barrier function, plays a central role in a very diverse set of clinical conditions such as aging and the age-associated Alzheimer's disease...
December 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999526/cme-cne-article-a-framework-of-care-in-multiple-sclerosis-part-1-updated-disease-classification-and-disease-modifying-therapy-use-in-specific-circumstances
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Scott D Newsome, Philip J Aliotta, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Susan E Bennett, Gary Cutter, Kaylan Fenton, Fred Lublin, Dorothy Northrop, David Rintell, Bryan D Walker, Megan Weigel, Kathleen Zackowski, David E Jones
: Activity Available Online: To access the article, post-test, and evaluation online, go to http://www.cmscscholar.org. TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience for this activity is physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and other health-care providers involved in the management of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Apply new information about MS to a comprehensive individualized treatment plan for patients with MSIntegrate the team approach into long-term planning in order to optimize rehabilitation care of patients with MSAccreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA), and Delaware Media Group...
November 2016: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986929/genetic-and-pharmacologic-manipulation-of-tlr4-has-minimal-impact-on-ethanol-consumption-in-rodents
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R Adron Harris, Michal Bajo, Richard L Bell, Yuri A Blednov, Florence P Varodayan, Jay Truitt, Giordano de Guglielmo, Amy W Lasek, Marian L Logrip, Leandro F Vendruscolo, Amanda J Roberts, Edward Roberts, Olivier George, Jody Mayfield, Timothy R Billiar, David J Hackam, R Dayne Mayfield, George F Koob, Marisa Roberto, Gregg E Homanics
: Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a critical component of innate immune signaling and has been implicated in alcohol responses in preclinical and clinical models. Members of the Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA-Neuroimmune) consortium tested the hypothesis that TLR4 mediates excessive ethanol drinking using i) Tlr4 knockout (KO) rats, ii) selective knockdown of Tlr4 mRNA in mouse nucleus accumbens (NAc), and iii) injection of the TLR4 antagonist (+)-naloxone in mice...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960028/overview-on-research-and-clinical-applications-of-optogenetics
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Chris Towne, Kimberly R Thompson
Optogenetics is a method that uses light to control cells in living tissue, typically neurons, that have been modified to express light-sensitive ion channels and pumps. The approach facilitates neuromodulation in brain preparations and freely moving animals with unmatched spatial and temporal resolution. This optogenetics overview describes the vast array of light-sensitive proteins available and the methods used to deliver them to tissue and modulate them with light. How these methods have so far enhanced our knowledge of fundamental neuroscience and psychiatric disease will be discussed as well as how they may contribute to drug discovery in the future...
December 13, 2016: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943180/co-culture-synaptogenic-assay-a-new-look-at-fluorescence-reporters-and-technological-devices
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Karen Perez de Arce, Massimiliano Stagi
The mechanism underlying the differentiation of pre- and postsynaptic specifications involves the sequential and dynamic recruitment of specific molecules coordinated by bidirectional signaling across the synaptic cleft. In this chapter, we describe the co-culture assay, a useful method to evaluate cell-surface molecules through its ability to promote the recruitment of proteins required for synapse structure and function. The versatility of this simple and reliable method is illustrated by the wide variety of applications ranging from analysis of synaptogenic activity to evaluation of soluble compounds with therapeutic potential...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903717/deciphering-decision-making-variation-in-animal-models-of-effort-and-uncertainty-based-choice-reveals-distinct-neural-circuitries-underlying-core-cognitive-processes
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Catharine A Winstanley, Stan B Floresco
Maladaptive decision-making is increasingly recognized to play a significant role in numerous psychiatric disorders, such that therapeutics capable of ameliorating core impairments in judgment may be beneficial in a range of patient populations. The field of "decision neuroscience" is therefore in its ascendancy, with researchers from diverse fields bringing their expertise to bear on this complex and fascinating problem. In addition to the advances in neuroimaging and computational neuroscience that contribute enormously to this area, an increase in the complexity and sophistication of behavioral paradigms designed for nonhuman laboratory animals has also had a significant impact on researchers' ability to test the causal nature of hypotheses pertaining to the neural circuitry underlying the choice process...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887679/-mindfulness-based-interventions-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-mechanisms-of-action-and-presentation-of-a-pilot-study
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M Gasnier, A Pelissolo, G Bondolfi, S Pelissolo, M Tomba, L Mallet, K N'diaye
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a frequent and severe disease, potentially inducing a major impairment for the patient and burden for their family. Recent research in psychiatry and neuroscience have led to better comprehension of the disease's mechanisms and helped to improve its treatment. However, a large proportion of patients have refractory symptoms, including for traditional cognitive and behavioral therapy by exposure and response prevention (ERP), leading clinicians to look for new treatments...
November 22, 2016: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875804/optogenetic-approaches-for-dissecting-neuromodulation-and-gpcr-signaling-in-neural-circuits
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REVIEW
Skylar M Spangler, Michael R Bruchas
Optogenetics has revolutionized neuroscience by providing means to control cell signaling with spatiotemporal control in discrete cell types. In this review, we summarize four major classes of optical tools to manipulate neuromodulatory GPCR signaling: opsins (including engineered chimeric receptors); photoactivatable proteins; photopharmacology through caging-photoswitchable molecules; fluorescent protein based reporters and biosensors. Additionally, we highlight technologies to utilize these tools in vitro and in vivo, including Cre dependent viral vector expression and two-photon microscopy...
November 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871856/will-cardiac-optogenetics-find-the-way-through-the-obscure-angles-of-heart-physiology
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Nicola Pianca, Tania Zaglia, Marco Mongillo
Optogenetics is a technique exploded in the last 10 years, which revolutionized several areas of biological research. The brightest side of this technology is the use of light to modulate non-invasively, with high spatial resolution and millisecond time scale, excitable cells genetically modified to express light-sensitive microbial ion channels (opsins). Neuroscience has first benefited from such fascinating strategy, in intact organisms. By shining light to specific neuronal subpopulations, optogenetics allowed unearth the mechanisms involved in cell-to-cell communication within the context of intact organs, such as the brain, formed by complex neuronal circuits...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870416/sex-specific-mechanisms-for-responding-to-stress
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Debra A Bangasser, Brittany Wicks
Posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression share stress as an etiological contributor and are more common in women than in men. Traditionally, preclinical studies investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of stress vulnerability have used only male rodents; however, recent studies that include females are finding sex-specific mechanisms for responding to stress. This Mini-Review examines recent literature using a framework developed by McCarthy and colleagues (2012; J Neurosci 32:2241-2247) that highlights different types of sex differences...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845175/the-role-of-gentle-touch-in-perinatal-osteopathic-manual-therapy
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Francis McGlone, Francesco Cerritelli, Susannah Walker, Jorge Esteves
Osteopathic medicine is a system of manual diagnosis and treatment. While there is growing evidence that osteopathy is effective in a range of clinical conditions, the underlying biological basis of its therapeutic effects remain largely unknown. Given that the sense of touch plays a critical role in osteopathy, in this perspective article, with a particular focus on perinatal care, we explore the potential mechanisms by which stimulation of the skin senses can exert beneficial physiological and psychological effects, aiding growth and development...
January 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797406/the-impact-of-fraudulent-and-irreproducible-data-to-the-translational-research-crisis-solutions-and-implementation
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Jörg B Schulz, Mark R Cookson, Laura Hausmann
One of the aims of basic neuroscience research is ultimately the development of therapeutics to cure diseases. Funders granting money to research institutions increasingly express interest into how their financial resources are used and look for successful translation in clinical practice. Disappointingly, many findings that started out promising in basic research projects and phase I trials did not live up to the promise of therapeutic efficacy in later phase II or III trials. An inordinately high amount of time and money is thus spent on research that does not always have the required human impact...
October 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793597/impact-of-general-cognition-and-executive-function-deficits-on-addiction-treatment-outcomes-systematic-review-and-discussion-of-neurocognitive-pathways
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Sara Domínguez-Salas, Carmen Díaz-Batanero, Oscar Martin Lozano-Rojas, Antonio Verdejo-García
This systematic review aims to examine growing evidence linking cognitive-executive functions with addiction treatment outcomes, and to discuss significant cognitive predictors drawing upon addiction neuroscience theory. We conducted a systematic search to identify studies using measures of general cognition and executive functions in patients with substance use disorders for the purpose of predicting two treatment outcomes: therapeutic adherence and relapse. Forty-six studies were selected, and sample characteristics, timing of assessments, and cognitive measures were analyzed...
December 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791054/human-amygdala-engagement-moderated-by-early-life-stress-exposure-is-a-biobehavioral-target-for-predicting-recovery-on-antidepressants
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Andrea N Goldstein-Piekarski, Mayuresh S Korgaonkar, Erin Green, Trisha Suppes, Alan F Schatzberg, Trevor Hastie, Charles B Nemeroff, Leanne M Williams
Amygdala circuitry and early life stress (ELS) are both strongly and independently implicated in the neurobiology of depression. Importantly, animal models have revealed that the contribution of ELS to the development and maintenance of depression is likely a consequence of structural and physiological changes in amygdala circuitry in response to stress hormones. Despite these mechanistic foundations, amygdala engagement and ELS have not been investigated as biobehavioral targets for predicting functional remission in translational human studies of depression...
October 18, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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