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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325910/an-rna-nanoparticle-vaccine-against-zika-virus-elicits-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses-in-a-mouse-model
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Jasdave S Chahal, Tao Fang, Andrew W Woodham, Omar F Khan, Jingjing Ling, Daniel G Anderson, Hidde L Ploegh
The Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the Americas and South Pacific poses a significant burden on human health because of ZIKV's neurotropic effects in the course of fetal development. Vaccine candidates against ZIKV are coming online, but immunological tools to study anti-ZIKV responses in preclinical models, particularly T cell responses, remain sparse. We deployed RNA nanoparticle technology to create a vaccine candidate that elicited ZIKV E protein-specific IgG responses in C57BL/6 mice as assayed by ELISA...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320276/effects-of-short-term-exposure-to-lithium-on-antiapoptotic-bcl-xl-protein-expression-in-cortex-and-hippocampus-of-rats-after-acute-stress
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N N Dygalo, A V Bannova, E V Sukhareva, G T Shishkina, K A Ayriyants, T S Kalinina
The antiapoptotic protein Bcl-xL is involved in development of neurobiological resilience to stress; hence, the possibility of use of psychotropic drugs to increase its expression in brain in response to stress is of considerable interest. Lithium is a neurotropic drug widely used in psychiatry. In work, we studied effects of lithium administration (for 2 or 7 days) on the expression of Bcl-xL mRNA and protein in the hippocampi and cortices of rats subjected to stress that induced depression-like behavior in the animals...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318941/expanding-the-tetrahydroquinoline-pharmacophore
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Navya Goli, Prathama S Mainkar, Sudha Sravanti Kotapalli, Tejaswini K, Ramesh Ummanni, Srivari Chandrasekhar
Tetrahydroquinoline is a privileged scaffold with a large number of biological applications. The tetrahydroquinoline pharmacophore has been expanded to yield 34 compounds. Biological screening of these compounds led to the identification of tetrahydroquinoline as neurotropic agents not reported earlier.
March 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314621/docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-an-essential-nutrient-and-a-nutraceutical-for-brain-health-and-diseases
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Grace Y Sun, Agnes Simonyi, Kevin L Fritsche, Dennis Y Chuang, Mark Hannink, Zezong Gu, C Michael Greenlief, Jeffrey K Yao, James C Lee, David Q Beversdorf
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) enriched in phospholipids in the brain and retina, is known to play multi-functional roles in brain health and diseases. While arachidonic acid (AA) is released from membrane phospholipids by cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), DHA is linked to action of the Ca(2+)-independent iPLA2. DHA undergoes enzymatic conversion by 15-lipoxygenase (Alox 15) to form oxylipins including resolvins and neuroprotectins, which are powerful lipid mediators. DHA can also undergo non-enzymatic conversion by reacting with oxygen free radicals (ROS), which cause the production of 4-hydoxyhexenal (4-HHE), an aldehyde derivative which can form adducts with DNA, proteins and lipids...
March 10, 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302316/defining-nervous-system-susceptibility-during-acute-and-latent-herpes-simplex-virus-1-infection
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Chandra M Menendez, Daniel J J Carr
Herpes simplex viruses are neurotropic human pathogens that infect and establish latency in peripheral sensory neurons of the host. Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1) readily infects the facial mucosa that can result in the establishment of a latent infection in the sensory neurons of the trigeminal ganglia (TG). From latency, HSV-1 can reactivate and cause peripheral pathology following anterograde trafficking from sensory neurons. Under rare circumstances, HSV-1 can migrate into the central nervous system (CNS) and cause Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE), a devastating disease of the CNS...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298607/human-herpesvirus-6b-induces-hypomethylation-on-chromosome-17p13-3-correlating-with-increased-gene-expression-and-virus-integration
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Elin Engdahl, Nicky Dunn, Pitt Niehusmann, Sarah Wideman, Peter Wipfler, Albert J Becker, Tomas J Ekström, Malin Almgren, Anna Fogdell-Hahn
Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) is a neurotropic beta-herpesvirus that achieves latency by integrating its genome into host cell chromosomes. Several viruses can induce epigenetic modifications in their host cells, but no study has investigated the epigenetic modifications induced by HHV-6B. This study analyzed methylation with Illumina 450K array comparing HHV-6B infected and uninfected Molt-3 T cells three days post infection. Bisulfite pyrosequencing was used to validate Illumina results and investigate methylation over time in vitro Expression of genes was investigated using qPCR, and virus integration was investigated with PCR...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294067/the-infectious-etiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Marta Sochocka, Katarzyna Zwolińska, Jerzy Leszek
Inflammation is a part of the first line of defense of the body against invasive pathogens, and plays a crucial role in tissue regeneration and repair. A proper inflammatory response ensures the suitable resolution of inflammation and elimination of harmful stimuli, but when the inflammatory reactions are inappropriate it can lead to damage of the surrounding normal cells. The relationship between infections and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) etiology, especially late-onset AD (LOAD) has been continuously debated over the past three decades...
March 13, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293718/transfection-of-primary-brain-capillary-endothelial-cells-for-protein-synthesis-and-secretion-of-recombinant-erythropoietin-a-strategy-to-enable-protein-delivery-to-the-brain
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Annette Burkhart, Thomas Lars Andresen, Achim Aigner, Louiza Bohn Thomsen, Torben Moos
Treatment of chronic disorders affecting the central nervous system (CNS) is complicated by the inability of drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Non-viral gene therapy applied to brain capillary endothelial cells (BCECs) denotes a novel approach to overcome the restraints in this passage, as turning BCECs into recombinant protein factories by transfection could result in protein secretion further into the brain. The present study aims to investigate the possibility of transfecting primary rat brain endothelial cells (RBECs) for recombinant protein synthesis and secretion of the neuroprotective protein erythropoietin (EPO)...
March 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283598/leptomeningeal-gadolinium-enhancement-across-the-spectrum-of-chronic-neuroinflammatory-diseases
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Martina Absinta, Irene C M Cortese, Luisa Vuolo, Govind Nair, Manori P de Alwis, Joan Ohayon, Alessandro Meani, Vittorio Martinelli, Roberta Scotti, Andrea Falini, Bryan R Smith, Avindra Nath, Steven Jacobson, Massimo Filippi, Daniel S Reich
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and the specificity of leptomeningeal enhancement (LME) on postcontrast T2-fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) MRI in multiple sclerosis (MS) compared to a variety of inflammatory and noninflammatory neurologic conditions assessed in 2 academic research hospitals. METHODS: On 3T postcontrast T2-FLAIR images, the presence of focal gadolinium enhancement was evaluated in the leptomeningeal compartment in 254 people with non-MS neurologic conditions or neurotropic viral infections...
March 10, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280602/impact-of-caspase-1-11-3-7-or-il-1%C3%AE-il-18-deficiency-on-rabies-virus-induced-macrophage-cell-death-and-onset-of-disease
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E Kip, F Nazé, V Suin, T Vanden Berghe, A Francart, S Lamoral, P Vandenabeele, R Beyaert, S Van Gucht, M Kalai
Rabies virus is a highly neurovirulent RNA virus, which causes about 59000 deaths in humans each year. Previously, we described macrophage cytotoxicity upon infection with rabies virus. Here we examined the type of cell death and the role of specific caspases in cell death and disease development upon infection with two laboratory strains of rabies virus: Challenge Virus Standard strain-11 (CVS-11) is highly neurotropic and lethal for mice, while the attenuated Evelyn-Rotnycki-Abelseth (ERA) strain has a broader cell tropism, is non-lethal and has been used as an oral vaccine for animals...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279803/japanese-encephalitis-virus-disrupts-blood-brain-barrier-and-modulates-apoptosis-proteins-in-thbmec-cells
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Mazen M Jamil Al-Obaidi, Azadeh Bahadoran, Lee Sau Har, Wang Seok Mui, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Keivan Zandi, Rishya Manikam, Shamala Devi Sekaran
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a neurotropic flavivirus that causes inflammation in central nervous system (CNS), neuronal death and also compromises the structural and functional integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the BBB disruption and apoptotic process in Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)-infected transfected human brain microvascular endothelial cells (THBMECs). THBMECs were overlaid by JEV with different MOIs (0.5, 1.0, 5.0 and 10.0) and monitored by electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) in a real-time manner in order to observe the barrier function of THBMECs...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278385/the-type-i-interferon-response-and-age-dependent-susceptibility-to-herpes-simplex-virus-infection
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Daniel Giraldo, Douglas R Wilcox, Richard Longnecker
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a highly prevalent human neurotropic pathogen. HSV-1 infection is associated with a variety of diseases ranging from benign orolabial lesions to more serious and even life-threatening conditions such as herpes simplex keratitis and herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE). HSE is a rare occurrence among healthy adult individuals, but newborns are a particularly susceptible population. Type I IFN signaling has been identified as a crucial component of the innate immune response to the control of HSV-1 infection...
March 9, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273388/enhanced-transport-of-plant-produced-rabies-single-chain-antibody-rvg-peptide-fusion-protein-across-an-in-cellulo-blood-brain-barrier-device
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Waranyoo Phoolcharoen, Christophe Prehaud, Craig J van Dolleweerd, Leonard Both, Anaelle da Costa, Monique Lafon, Julian K-C Ma
The biomedical applications of antibody engineering are developing rapidly and have been expanded to plant expression platforms. In the present study, we have generated a novel antibody molecule in planta for targeted delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Rabies virus (RABV) is a neurotropic virus for which there is no effective treatment after entry into the central nervous system (CNS). This study investigated the use of a RABV glycoprotein peptide sequence to assist delivery of a rabies neutralising single-chain antibody (ScFv) across an in cellulo model of human BBB...
March 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260103/protective-effect-of-arctigenin-on-ethanol-induced-neurotoxicity-in-pc12-cells
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Jia Huang, Lan Xiao, Jing-Xiang Wei, Ya-Hai Shu, Shi-Qi Fang, Yong-Tang Wang, Xiu-Min Lu
As a neurotropic substance, ethanol can damage nerve cells through an increase in the production of free radicals, interference of neurotrophic factor signaling pathways, activation of endogenous apoptotic signals and other molecular mechanisms. Previous studies have revealed that a number of natural drugs extracted from plants offer protection of nerve cells from damage. Among these, arctigenin (ATG) is a lignine extracted from Arctium lappa (L.), which has been found to exert a neuroprotective effect on scopolamine‑induced memory deficits in mice with Alzheimer's disease and glutamate-induced neurotoxicity in primary neurons...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254833/yellow-fever-vaccine-associated-neurological-disease-a-suspicious-case
#15
Pedro Beirão, Patrícia Pereira, Andreia Nunes, Pedro Antunes
A 70-year-old man with known cardiovascular risk factors, presented with acute onset expression aphasia, agraphia, dyscalculia, right-left disorientation and finger agnosia, without fever or meningeal signs. Stroke was thought to be the cause, but cerebrovascular disease investigation was negative. Interviewing the family revealed he had undergone yellow fever vaccination 18 days before. Lumbar puncture revealed mild protein elevation. Cultural examinations, Coxiella burnetti, and neurotropic virus serologies were negative...
March 2, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245526/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-driven-from-rarity-to-clinical-mainstream-by-iatrogenic-immunodeficiency
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REVIEW
Siraj A Misbah
Advances in immune-mediated targeted therapies have proven to be a double-edged sword for patients by highlighting the risk of iatrogenic infective complications. This has been exemplified by progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a hitherto rare devastating viral infection of the brain caused by the neurotropic JC polyoma virus. While PML achieved prominence during the first two decades of the HIV epidemic, effective anti-retroviral treatment and restitution of T cell function has led to PML being less prominent in this population...
February 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240745/the-biological-and-prognostic-significance-of-angiotropism-in-uveal-melanoma
#17
Raymond L Barnhill, Mengliang Ye, Aude Batistella, Marc-Henri Stern, Sergio Roman-Roman, Rémi Dendale, Olivier Lantz, Sophie Piperno-Neumann, Laurence Desjardins, Nathalie Cassoux, Claire Lugassy
Angiotropism is a marker of extravascular migration of melanoma cells along vascular and other structures and a prognostic factor in cutaneous melanoma. Because of this biological and prognostic importance in cutaneous melanoma, angiotropism was studied in uveal melanoma (UM). This retrospective study performed at a single ocular oncology referral center included 89 patients from the study period 2006-2008. All patients were diagnosed with UM from the choroid and/or ciliary body. All patients underwent enucleation for prognostic purposes and definitive therapy...
February 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230787/bat-astroviruses-towards-understanding-the-transmission-dynamics-of-a-neglected-virus-family
#18
REVIEW
Kerstin Fischer, Vinícius Pinho Dos Reis, Anne Balkema-Buschmann
Bats belong to the order Chiroptera that represents the second largest order of mammals with more than 1200 species and an almost global distribution. Environmental changes and deforestation have severely influenced many ecosystems, intensifying the contact between wildlife and humans. In recent years, bats have been found to harbor a number of different viruses with zoonotic potential, as well as a great diversity of astroviruses, for which the question of zoonotic potential remains unanswered to date. Human astroviruses have been identified as the causative agent for diarrhea in children and immunocompromised patients...
February 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224712/a-novel-astrovirus-associated-with-encephalitis-and-ganglionitis-in-domestic-sheep
#19
F Pfaff, K Schlottau, S Scholes, A Courtenay, B Hoffmann, D Höper, M Beer
In June 2013, a 4-year-old Welsh Mountain ewe and in March 2014 a 10-day-old lamb of the same breed and the same flock presented progressive neurological signs including depressed sensorium, tremor, and unusual behaviour. Neuropathological examination of the brain and spinal cord detected non-suppurative polioencephalomyelitis and dorsal root ganglionitis, characteristic of a neurotropic viral agent in both sheep. Metagenomic analysis of different tissue samples from both animals identified a novel Ovine Astrovirus (OvAstV)...
February 22, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223405/stromal-cell-niches-in-the-inflamed-central-nervous-system
#20
REVIEW
Natalia B Pikor, Jovana Cupovic, Lucas Onder, Jennifer L Gommerman, Burkhard Ludewig
Inflammation in the CNS must be tightly regulated to respond efficiently to infection with neurotropic pathogens. Access of immune cells to the CNS and their positioning within the tissue are controlled by stromal cells that construct the barriers of the CNS. Although the role of the endothelium in regulating the passage of leukocytes and small molecules into the CNS has been studied extensively, the contribution of fibroblastic stromal cells as portals of entry into the CNS was only recently uncovered. We review the critical immune-stimulating role of meningeal fibroblasts in promoting recruitment and retention of lymphocytes during CNS inflammation...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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