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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815404/neurological-presentation-of-zika-virus-infection-beyond-the-perinatal-period
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REVIEW
Thomas De Broucker, Alexandra Mailles, Jean-Paul Stahl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose was to summarize the current knowledge about the neurological presentation of Zika virus infection after the perinatal period. Other Flaviviruses infections, such as West Nile virus (WNV) or Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), can result in neuro-invasive disease such as myelitis, encephalitis, or meningitis. We aimed at describing the specificities of ZV neurological infection. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent outbreaks demonstrated clearly the neurotropism of ZV...
August 16, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810279/-severe-yellow-fever-vaccine-associated-disease-a-case-report-and-current-overview
#2
Günther Slesak, Martin Gabriel, Cristina Domingo, Johannes Schäfer
History and physical examination A 56-year-old man developed high fever with severe headaches, fatigue, impaired concentration skills, and an exanthema 5 days after a yellow fever (YF) vaccination. Laboratory tests Liver enzymes and YF antibody titers were remarkably elevated. YF vaccine virus was detected in urine by PCR. Diagnosis and therapy Initially, severe YF vaccine-associated visceral disease was suspected and treated symptomatically. Clinical Course His fever ceased after 10 days in total, no organ failure developed...
August 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808974/isolation-purification-and-culture-of-primary-murine-sensory-neurons
#3
Sarah Katzenell, Jorge R Cabrera, Brian J North, David A Leib
Cultured primary neurons have been of extraordinary value for the study of neuronal anatomy, cell biology, and physiology. While use of neuronal cell lines has ease and utility, there are often caveats that arise due to their mitotic nature. This methods article presents detailed methodology for the preparation, purification, and culture of adult murine sensory neurons for the study of herpes simplex virus lytic and latent infections. While virology is the application for our laboratory, these cultures also have broad utility for neurobiologists and cell biologists...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803703/viral-hijacking-of-formins-in-neurodevelopmental-pathologies
#4
REVIEW
Karen Racicot, Sarah VanOeveren, Art Alberts
The 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak caused global concern when it was determined to cause microcephaly, hearing loss, and other neurodevelopmental manifestations upon fetal exposure. Significant progress has been made in our understanding of the interactions between ZIKV and the pregnant host, but there is still a critical need to understand how ZIKV and other neurotropic viruses affect fetal neurodevelopment. Diaphanous-related formins (Diaphs) have recently been identified as microcephaly-associated proteins in humans and mice...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800924/the-influence-of-macrophage-growth-factors-on-theiler-s-murine-encephalomyelitis-virus-tmev-infection-and-activation-of-macrophages
#5
Karin M Schneider, Neva B Watson, Scott B Minchenberg, Paul T Massa
Macrophages are common targets for infection and innate immune activation by many pathogenic viruses including the neurotropic Theiler's Murine Encephalomyelitis Virus (TMEV). As both infection and innate activation of macrophages are key determinants of viral pathogenesis especially in the central nervous system (CNS), an analysis of macrophage growth factors on these events was performed. C3H mouse bone-marrow cells were differentiated in culture using either recombinant macrophage colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), inoculated with TMEV (BeAn) and analyzed at various times thereafter...
August 8, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800278/the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-ocimum-basilicum-in-an-animal-model-of-depression
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S S Ali, M G Abd El Wahab, N N Ayuob, M Suliaman
We investigated the efficacy of Ocimum basilicum (OB) essential oils for treating depression related behavioral, biochemical and histopathological changes caused by exposure to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) in mice and to explore the mechanism underlying the pathology. Male albino mice were divided into four groups: controls; CUMS; CUMS plus fluoxetine, the antidepressant administered for pharmacological validation of OB; and CUMS plus OB. Behavioral tests included the forced swim test (FST), elevated plus-maze (EPM) and the open field test (OFT); these tests were performed at the end of the experiment...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798153/characterization-of-the-central-neural-projections-to-brown-white-and-beige-adipose-tissue
#7
Nicole M Wiedmann, Aneta Stefanidis, Brian J Oldfield
The functional recruitment of classic brown adipose tissue (BAT) and inducible brown-like or beige fat is, to a large extent, dependent on intact sympathetic neural input. Whereas the central neural circuits directed specifically to BAT or white adipose tissue (WAT) are well established, there is only a developing insight into the nature of neural inputs common to both fat types. Moreover, there is no clear view of the specific central and peripheral innervation of the browned component of WAT: beige fat. The objective of the present study is to examine the neural input to both BAT and WAT in the same animal and, by exposing different cohorts of rats to either thermoneutral or cold conditions, define changes in central neural organization that will ensure that beige fat is appropriately recruited and modulated after browning of inguinal WAT (iWAT)...
August 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783840/cranial-asymmetry-versus-microcephaly-implications-for-practice-during-the-zika-virus-epidemic
#8
Sophia Tsakiri, Nikolaos Zacharias, Jose Garcia, Lynnette Mazur
Congenital microcephaly can be the result of genetic, teratogenic, mechanical, infectious, and other factors affecting the fetal brain. Transient craniofacial asymmetries and cranial molding can mimic congenital microcephaly caused by brain abnormalities or neurotropic infectious pathogens, including Zika. We present two neonates who were born with head circumference at or below the 3rd percentile for gestational age, and had improving head measurements at discharge from the nursery and resolution of the microcephaly by the second month of life...
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782273/up-regulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-trpv-and-down-regulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-expression-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia-fd
#9
C K Y Cheung, L L Lan, M Kyaw, A D P Mak, A Chan, Y Chan, J C Y Wu
BACKGROUND: The role of immune activation in Functional Dyspepsia (FD) patients without previous infection is unclear. We compare the gastric and circulating brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), receptor potential vanilloid type (TRPV) families and various cytokines in FD patients. METHODS: Consecutive adult FD patients (Rome III) with no recent history of gastroenteritis and asymptomatic healthy controls were recruited for upper endoscopy. Subjects with GERD and IBS as predominant symptoms, diabetes mellitus, current or previous Helicobacter pylori infection, psychiatric illness and recent use of NSAID or PPI were excluded...
August 7, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765880/microrna%C3%A2-494-inhibits-nerve-growth-factor%C3%A2-induced-cell-proliferation-by-targeting-cyclin-d1-in-human-corneal-epithelial-cells
#10
Dan Wu, Tingting Qian, Jiaxu Hong, Gang Li, Weiyun Shi, Jianjiang Xu
Nerve growth factor (NGF) is expressed in the human corneal epithelium and stroma. It is an efficient therapy for human corneal ulcers caused by neurotropic disease. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism of NGF in healing human corneal epithelial diseases. Numerous microRNAs (miRNAs) are expressed in the cornea and miRNAs have important roles in regulating corneal development. In the present study, novel miRNA regulators were demonstrated to be involved in NGF‑induced human corneal epithelial cell (hCEC) proliferation...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763062/pathogen-mediated-nmda-receptor-autoimmunity-and-cellular-barrier-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia
#11
G Kannan, K L Gressitt, S Yang, C R Stallings, E Katsafanas, L A Schweinfurth, C L G Savage, M B Adamos, K M Sweeney, A E Origoni, S Khushalani, S Bahn, F M Leweke, F B Dickerson, R H Yolken, M V Pletnikov, E G Severance
Autoantibodies that bind the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) may underlie glutamate receptor hypofunction and related cognitive impairment found in schizophrenia. Exposure to neurotropic pathogens can foster an autoimmune-prone environment and drive systemic inflammation leading to endothelial barrier defects. In mouse model cohorts, we demonstrate that infection with the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, caused sustained elevations of IgG class antibodies to the NMDAR in conjunction with compromised blood-gut and blood-brain barriers...
August 1, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749326/pneumococcal-neuraminidase-activates-tgf-%C3%AE-signalling
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Nina Gratz, Lip Nam Loh, Beth Mann, Geli Gao, Robert Carter, Jason Rosch, Elaine I Tuomanen
Neuraminidase A (NanA) is an important virulence factor that is anchored to the pneumococcal cell wall and cleaves sialic acid on host substrates. We noted that a secreted allele of NanA was over-represented in invasive pneumococcal isolates and promoted the development of meningitis when swapped into the genome of non-meningitis isolates replacing cell wall-anchored NanA. Both forms of recombinant NanA directly activated transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, increased SMAD signalling and promoted loss of endothelial tight junction ZO-1...
July 28, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747504/targeted-genome-sequencing-reveals-varicella-zoster-virus-open-reading-frame-12-deletion
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Randall J Cohrs, Katherine S Lee, Addilynn Beach, Bridget Sanford, Nicholas L Baird, Christina Como, Chiharu Graybill, Dallas Jones, Eden Tekeste, Mitchell Ballard, Xiaomi Chen, David Yalacki, Seth Frietze, Kenneth Jones, Tihana Lenac Rovis, Stipan Jonjić, Jürgen Haas, Don Gilden
The neurotropic herpesvirus varicella zoster virus (VZV) establishes a life-long latent infection in humans following primary infection. The low abundance of VZV nucleic acids in human neurons has hindered an understanding of the mechanisms that regulate viral gene transcription during latency. To overcome this critical barrier, we optimized a targeted capture protocol to enrich VZV DNA and cDNA prior to whole-genome/transcriptome sequence analysis. Since the VZV genome is remarkably stable, it was surprising to detect that VZV32, a VZV laboratory strain with no discernable growth defect in tissue culture, contained a 2158-bp deletion in open reading frame (ORF) 12...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744070/mri-features-in-dengue-encephalitis-a-case-series-in-south-indian-tertiary-care-hospital
#14
Brijesh K Soni, Debasheesh S R Das, R A George, R Aggarwal, R Sivasankar
Dengue virus, a RNA virus of family Flaviviradae is considered non-neurotropic. Increasing studies and case reports reveal neurological manifestations of dengue virus. In our case series, we have evaluated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of 3 patients with dengue fever diagnosed by positive dengue NS1 antigen with neurological symptoms, which revealed nonspecific imaging features of dengue encephalitis in two cases and dengue meningoencephalitis in one case. Autopsy findings are also correlated in 2 patients who succumbed to their disease...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743829/management-of-intracranial-melanomas-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
#15
REVIEW
Grace J Young, Wenya Linda Bi, Winona W Wu, Tanner M Johanns, Gavin P Dunn, Ian F Dunn
Melanoma is the most lethal of skin cancers, in part because of its proclivity for rapid and distant metastasis. It is also potentially the most neurotropic cancer in terms of probability of CNS metastasis from the primary lesion. Despite surgical resection and radiotherapy, prognosis remains guarded for patients with brain metastases. Over the past five years, a new domain of personalized therapy has emerged for advanced melanoma patients with the introduction of BRAF and other MAP kinase pathway inhibitors, immunotherapy, and combinatory therapeutic strategies...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731051/neurotropic-melanoma-an-analysis-of-the-clinicopathological-features-management-strategies-and-survival-outcomes-for-671-patients-treated-at-a-tertiary-referral-center
#16
Alexander H R Varey, Chris Goumas, Angela M Hong, Graham J Mann, Gerald B Fogarty, Jonathan R Stretch, Robyn P M Saw, Andrew J Spillane, Kerwin F Shannon, Kenneth J Lee, Michael J Quinn, John F Thompson, Richard A Scolyer
Neurotropic cutaneous melanoma is a rare melanoma subtype that invades nerves and is often associated with desmoplastic melanoma. Limited data suggest that it has a greater propensity to recur locally, but it is unknown whether its behavior differs from that of other melanoma subtypes, including desmoplastic melanoma. We investigated clinicopathological predictors of outcome in a cohort of 671 patients with neurotropic melanoma to develop evidence-based management recommendations. Patients with primary neurotropic melanoma diagnosed from 1985 to 2013 were identified from the Melanoma Institute Australia database, along with a control cohort of 718 non-neurotropic melanoma patients...
July 21, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726129/immunological-aspects-of-rabies-a-literature-review
#17
REVIEW
Iana Suly Santos Katz, Fernanda Guedes, Elaine Raniero Fernandes, Sandriana Dos Ramos Silva
Rabies is a lethal disease caused by the neurotropic virus rabies virus (RABV), and it remains an important public health problem globally. It is known that the host immune response is important for control of viral infection and promoting viral clearance. In this context, it is well documented that, in addition to RABV neutralizing antibody, interferons and cell-mediated immunity also have an important role in preventing the establishment of disease. On the other hand, RABV suppresses host immunity through different mechanisms, for example, direct inhibition of host gene expression, sequestration of pathogen-associated molecular patterns, or modification of cytokine signalling pathways, which hinder the protective host immune responses to RABV infection...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719360/alzheimer-s-disease-dawn-of-a-new-era
#18
Farideh Amirrad, Emira Bousoik, Kiumars Shamloo, Hassan Al-Shiyab, Viet-Huong V Nguyen, Hamidreza Montazeri Aliabadi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive decline in cognition and memory, leading to significant impairment in daily activities and ultimately death. It is the most common cause of dementia, the prevalence of which increases with age; however, age is not the only predisposing factor. The pathology of this cognitive impairing disease is still not completely understood, which has limited the development of valid therapeutic options. Recent years have witnessed a wide range of novel approaches to combat this disease, so that they greatly increased our understanding of the disease and of the unique drug development issues associated with this disease...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716085/the-protective-effect-of-fermented-curcuma-longa-l-on-memory-dysfunction-in-oxidative-stress-induced-c6-gliomal-cells-proinflammatory-activated-bv2-microglial-cells-and-scopolamine-induced-amnesia-model-in-mice
#19
Cheong-Su Eun, Jong-Soon Lim, Jihye Lee, Sam-Pin Lee, Seun-Ah Yang
BACKGROUND: Curcuma longa L. is a well-known medicinal plant that has been used for its anti-cancer, neuroprotective, and hepatoprotective effects. However, the neuroprotective effect of fermented C. longa (FCL) has not been reported. Therefore, in this study, the effectiveness of FCL for the regulation of memory dysfunction was investigated in two brain cell lines (rat glioma C6 and murine microglia BV2) and scopolamine-treated mice. METHODS: C. longa powder was fermented by 5% Lactobacillus plantarum K154 containing 2% (w/v) yeast extract at 30 °C for 72 h followed by sterilization at 121 °C for 15 min...
July 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708050/hyperinvasiveness-and-increased-intercellular-spread-of-listeria-monocytogenes-sequence-type-1-are-independent-of-listeriolysin-s-internalin-f-and-internalin-j1
#20
Sebastian Rupp, Michelle Bärtschi, Joachim Frey, Anna Oevermann
PURPOSE: Listeria monocytogenes is a genetically heterogeneous species, which is divided into evolutionary lineages and clonal complexes (CCs). Not all L. monocytogenes isolates are equally likely to cause disease, with CC1, and in particular sequence type (ST) 1, being the most prevalent complex in human and ruminant infections and more specifically in neurolisteriosis. While the major factors that determine neurotropism are unknown, the L. monocytogenes CC1 strains harbour listeriolysin S (lls) and particular alleles of internalin (inl) F and inlJ, which are not present in CCs commonly isolated from food and the environment...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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