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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339768/the-transcription-factor-olig2-is-important-for-the-biology-of-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-gliomas
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Jane L Anderson, Ranjithmenon Muraleedharan, Nicole Oatman, Amanda Klotter, Satarupa Sengupta, Ronald R Waclaw, Jianqiang Wu, Rachid Drissi, Lili Miles, Eric H Raabe, Matthew L Weirauch, Maryam Fouladi, Lionel M Chow, Lindsey Hoffman, Mariko DeWire, Biplab Dasgupta
Background.: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a high-grade brainstem glioma of children with dismal prognosis. There is no single unifying model about the cell of origin of DIPGs. Proliferating cells in the developing human and mouse pons, the site of DIPGs, express neural stem/progenitor cell (NPC) markers, including Sox2, nestin, vimentin, Olig2, and glial fibrillary acidic protein, in an overlapping and non-overlapping manner, suggesting progenitor cell heterogeneity in the pons...
February 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337932/stroke-lesions-in-a-large-upper-limb-rehabilitation-trial-cohort-rarely-match-lesions-in-common-preclinical-models
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Matthew A Edwardson, Ximing Wang, Brent Liu, Li Ding, Christianne J Lane, Caron Park, Monica A Nelsen, Theresa A Jones, Steven L Wolf, Carolee J Winstein, Alexander W Dromerick
BACKGROUND: Stroke patients with mild-moderate upper extremity motor impairments and minimal sensory and cognitive deficits provide a useful model to study recovery and improve rehabilitation. Laboratory-based investigators use lesioning techniques for similar goals. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether stroke lesions in an upper extremity rehabilitation trial cohort match lesions from the preclinical stroke recovery models used to drive translational research. METHODS: Clinical neuroimages from 297 participants enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) study were reviewed...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337724/i-123-iomazenil-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-for-detecting-loss-of-neuronal-integrity-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kagari Abiko, Katsunori Ikoma, Tohru Shiga, Chietsugu Katoh, Kenji Hirata, Yuji Kuge, Kentaro Kobayashi, Nagara Tamaki
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes brain dysfunction in many patients. Using C-11 flumazenil (FMZ) positron emission tomography (PET), we have detected and reported the loss of neuronal integrity, leading to brain dysfunction in TBI patients. Similarly to FMZ PET, I-123 iomazenil (IMZ) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is widely used to determine the distribution of the benzodiazepine receptor (BZR) in the brain cortex. The purpose of this study is to examine whether IMZ SPECT is as useful as FMZ PET for evaluating the loss of neuronal integrity in TBI patients...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336779/validation-of-the-semi-quantitative-static-suvr-method-for-18-f-av45-pet-by-pharmacokinetic-modeling-with-an-arterial-input-function
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Julie Ottoy, Jeroen Verhaeghe, Ellis Niemantsverdriet, Leonie Wyffels, Charisse Somers, Ellen De Roeck, Hanne Struyfs, Femke Soetewey, Steven Deleye, Tobi Van den Bossche, Sara Van Mossevelde, Sarah Ceyssens, Jan Versijpt, Sigrid Stroobants, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Steven Staelens
Increased brain uptake of [(18)F]-AV45 visualized by PET is a key biomarker for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) is widely used for quantification, but is subject to variability based on choice of reference region and changes in cerebral blood flow. Here we validate the SUVR method against the gold standard volume of distribution (VT) to assess cross-sectional differences in plaque load. Methods: Dynamic 60-min [(18)F]-AV45 (291 ± 67 MBq) and 1-min [(15)O]-H2O (370 MBq) scans were obtained in 35 age-matched elderly subjects, including 10 probable AD dementia, 15 amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 10 cognitively healthy controls (HC)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332590/nicotine-enhances-alcohol-intake-and-dopaminergic-responses-through-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-4-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
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Stefania Tolu, Fabio Marti, Carole Morel, Carole Perrier, Nicolas Torquet, Stephanie Pons, Renaud de Beaurepaire, Philippe Faure
Alcohol and nicotine are the most widely co-abused drugs. Both modify the activity of dopaminergic (DA) neurons of the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) and lead to an increase in DA release in the Nucleus Accumbens, thereby affecting the reward system. Evidences support the hypothesis that distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), the molecular target of acetylcholine (ACh) and exogenous nicotine, are also in addition implicated in the response to alcohol. The precise molecular and neuronal substrates of this interaction are however not well understood...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331579/an-ssr-based-approach-incorporating-a-novel-algorithm-for-identification-of-rare-maize-genotypes-facilitates-criteria-for-landrace-conservation-in-mexico
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Corina Hayano-Kanashiro, Octavio Martínez de la Vega, M Humberto Reyes-Valdés, José-Luis Pons-Hernández, Fernando Hernández-Godinez, Emigdia Alfaro-Laguna, José Luis Herrera-Ayala, Ma Cristina Vega-Sánchez, José Alfredo Carrera-Valtierra, June Simpson
As maize was domesticated in Mexico around 9,000 years ago, local farmers have selected and maintained seed stocks with particular traits and adapted to local conditions. In the present day, many of these landraces are still cultivated; however, increased urbanization and migration from rural areas implies a risk that this invaluable maize germplasm may be lost. In order to implement an efficient mechanism of conservation in situ, the diversity of these landrace populations must be estimated. Development of a method to select the minimum number of samples that would include the maximum number of alleles and identify germplasm harboring rare combinations of particular alleles will also safeguard the efficient ex-situ conservation of this germplasm...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330621/synergic-functions-of-mirnas-determine-neuronal-fate-of-adult-neural-stem-cells
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Meritxell Pons-Espinal, Emanuela de Luca, Matteo Jacopo Marzi, Ruth Beckervordersandforth, Andrea Armirotti, Francesco Nicassio, Klaus Fabel, Gerd Kempermann, Davide De Pietri Tonelli
Adult neurogenesis requires the precise control of neuronal versus astrocyte lineage determination in neural stem cells. While microRNAs (miRNAs) are critically involved in this step during development, their actions in adult hippocampal neural stem cells (aNSCs) has been unclear. As entry point to address that question we chose DICER, an endoribonuclease essential for miRNA biogenesis and other RNAi-related processes. By specific ablation of Dicer in aNSCs in vivo and in vitro, we demonstrate that miRNAs are required for the generation of new neurons, but not astrocytes, in the adult murine hippocampus...
March 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328241/perfusion-ct-in-acute-stroke-effectiveness-of-automatically-generated-colour-maps
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Maja Ukmar, Ferruccio Degrassi, Roberta Antea Pozzi Mucelli, Francesca Neri, Fabio Pozzi Mucelli, Maria Assunta Cova
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of perfusion CT (pCT) in the definition of the infarcted core and the penumbra, comparing the data obtained from the evaluation of parametric maps [cerebral blood volume (CBV), cerebral blood flow (CBF) and mean transit time (MTT)] with software-generated colour maps. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed to identify patients with suspected acute ischaemic strokes and who had undergone unenhanced CT and pCT carried out within 4...
April 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327993/stepwise-distributed-open-innovation-contests-for-software-development-acceleration-of-genome-wide-association-analysis
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Andrew Hill, Po-Ru Loh, Ragu B Bharadwaj, Pascal Pons, Jingbo Shang, Eva Guinan, Karim Lakhani, Iain Kilty, Scott A Jelinsky
BACKGROUND: The association of differing genotypes with disease related phenotypic traits offers great potential to both help identify new therapeutic targets and support stratification of patients who would gain the greatest benefit from specific drug classes. Development of low cost genotyping and sequencing has made collecting large scale genotyping data routine in population and therapeutic intervention studies. In addition, a range of new technologies are being used to capture numerous new and complex phenotypic descriptors...
February 28, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326436/reference-region-selection-and-the-association-between-the-rate-of-amyloid-accumulation-over-time-and-the-baseline-amyloid-burden
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Janusch Blautzik, Matthias Brendel, Julia Sauerbeck, Sebastian Kotz, Franziska Scheiwein, Peter Bartenstein, John Seibyl, Axel Rominger
Relative quantitative analysis of amyloid plaque burden in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients can be reported as standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) from positron emission tomography (PET). Here, the SUVR is the ratio of the mean amyloid radioligand retention in a composite (COMP) neocortical volume of interest (VOI) to that in a reference VOI, such as the cerebellum, brainstem (BST)/pons, or white matter (WM). Some longitudinal PET investigations show that the rate of amyloid accumulation to follow-up has an inverted U relationship with baseline amyloid SUVR relative to cerebellar or brainstem/pons reference VOIs...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325776/noninvasive-respiratory-support-during-pediatric-ground-transport-implementation-of-a-safe-and-feasible-procedure
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Nuria Millán, Carme Alejandre, Aina Martinez-Planas, Josep Caritg, Elisabeth Esteban, Martí Pons-Òdena
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this work was to determine the safety and feasibility of noninvasive support in children with acute respiratory failure (ARF) during interhospital ground transport. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-center observational clinical study in the pediatric transport unit of a tertiary-care pediatric hospital. We included all subjects with ARF transported from November 2010 to March 2013. A specific noninvasive support protocol was used for all cases...
March 21, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320109/protective-effect-of-dexpanthenol-against-nephrotoxic-effect-of-amikacin-an-experimental-study
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Elif Ece Doğan, Reha Erkoç, İskender Ekinci, Jamshid Hamdard, Barış Döner, Mehmet Ali Çıkrıkçıoğlu, Cumali Karatoprak, Ganime Çoban, Ömer Faruk Özer, Rümeyza Kazancıoğlu
BACKGROUND: Amikacin has the largest spectrum among aminoglycosides, its nephrotoxic effect limits its utilization. Our purpose in this study is to review the protective effect of dexpanthenol against the nephrotoxic effect of amikacin, accompanied with histopathological and biochemical parameters. METHODS: 32 rats were randomly separated into four groups with eight in each (amikacin (1.2mg/kg/day), amikacin (1.2mg/kg/day)+dexpanthenol (500mg/kg/day), dexpanthenol (500mg/kg/day) and control)...
March 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319009/the-unique-domain-forms-a-fuzzy-intramolecular-complex-in-src-family-kinases
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Miguel Arbesú, Mariano Maffei, Tiago N Cordeiro, João M C Teixeira, Yolanda Pérez, Pau Bernadó, Serge Roche, Miquel Pons
The N-terminal regulatory region of c-Src including the SH4, Unique, and SH3 domains adopts a compact, yet highly dynamic, structure that can be described as an intramolecular fuzzy complex. Most of the long-range interactions within the Unique domain are also observed in constructs lacking the structured SH3, indicating a considerable degree of preorganization of the disordered Unique domain. Here we report that members of the Src family of kinases (SFK) share well-conserved sequence features involving aromatic residues in their Unique domains...
March 16, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317486/abnormal-clock-gene-expression-and-locomotor-activity-rhythms-in-two-month-old-female-appswe-ps1de9-mice
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Olaide Oyegbami, Hilary M Collins, Marie C Pardon, Fran Jp Ebling, David M Heery, Paula M Moran
In addition to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is also characterized by agitation and disruptions in activity and sleep. These symptoms typically occur in the evening or at night and have been referred to as 'sundowning'. These symptoms are especially difficult for carers and there are no specific drug treatments. There is increasing evidence that these symptoms reflect an underlying pathology of circadian rhythm generation and transmission. We investigated whether a transgenic mouse model relevant to AD (APPswe/PS1dE9) exhibits circadian alterations in locomotor activity and expression of clock genes involved in the regulation of the circadian cycle...
March 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316456/functional-connectivity-of-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-and-surrounding-region-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Ashwani Jha, Vladimir Litvak, Samu Taulu, Wesley Thevathasan, Jonathan A Hyam, Tom Foltynie, Patricia Limousin, Marko Bogdanovic, Ludvic Zrinzo, Alexander L Green, Tipu Z Aziz, Karl Friston, Peter Brown
Deep brain stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus and surrounding region (PPNR) is a novel treatment strategy for gait freezing in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, clinical results have been variable, in part because of the paucity of functional information that might help guide selection of the optimal surgical target. In this study, we use simultaneous magnetoencephalography and local field recordings from the PPNR in seven PD patients, to characterize functional connectivity with distant brain areas at rest...
January 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314542/impact-of-implementing-electronic-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-control-and-treatment-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-a-pre-post-controlled-study
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Eva Comin, Arantxa Catalan-Ramos, Manuel Iglesias-Rodal, Maria Grau, Jose Luis Del Val, Alicia Consola, Ester Amado, Angels Pons, Manel Mata-Cases, Alicia Franzi, Ramon Ciurana, Eva Frigola, Xavier Cos, Josep Davins, Jose M Verdu-Rotellar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of computerized clinical practice guidelines on the management, diagnosis, treatment, control, and follow-up of the main cardiovascular risk factors: hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. DESIGN: Pre-post controlled study. SETTING: Catalonia, autonomous community located in north-eastern Spain. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 35-74 years assigned to general practitioners of the Catalan Health Institute...
March 14, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304028/nmr-signal-enhancement-of-50%C3%A2-000-times-in-fast-dissolution-dynamic-nuclear-polarization
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L F Pinto, I Marín-Montesinos, V Lloveras, J L Muñoz-Gómez, M Pons, J Veciana, J Vidal-Gancedo
Herein, we report the synthesis and the study of a novel mixed biradical with BDPA and TEMPO radical units that are covalently bound by an ester group (BDPAesterTEMPO) as a polarizing agent for fast dissolution DNP. The biradical exhibits an extremely high DNP NMR enhancement of >50 000 times, which constitutes one of the largest signal enhancements observed so far, to the best of our knowledge.
March 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302159/a-data-driven-approach-links-microglia-to-pathology-and-prognosis-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Johnathan Cooper-Knock, Claire Green, Gabriel Altschuler, Wenbin Wei, Joanna J Bury, Paul R Heath, Matthew Wyles, Catherine Gelsthorpe, J Robin Highley, Alejandro Lorente-Pons, Tim Beck, Kathryn Doyle, Karel Otero, Bryan Traynor, Janine Kirby, Pamela J Shaw, Winston Hide
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that lacks a predictive and broadly applicable biomarker. Continued focus on mutation-specific upstream mechanisms has yet to predict disease progression in the clinic. Utilising cellular pathology common to the majority of ALS patients, we implemented an objective transcriptome-driven approach to develop noninvasive prognostic biomarkers for disease progression. Genes expressed in laser captured motor neurons in direct correlation (Spearman rank correlation, p < 0...
March 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298018/brainstem-arteriovenous-malformations-lesion-characteristics-and-treatment-outcomes
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Venkatesh S Madhugiri, Mario K C Teo, Joli Vavao, Teresa Bell-Stephens, Gary K Steinberg
OBJECTIVE Brainstem arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare lesions that are difficult to diagnose and treat. They are often more aggressive in their behavior when compared with their supratentorial counterparts. The consequence of a brainstem hemorrhage is often devastating, and many patients are in poor neurological status at presentation. The authors examine the factors associated with angiographically confirmed cure and those affecting management outcomes for these complex lesions. METHODS This was a retrospective analysis of data gathered from the prospectively maintained Stanford AVM database...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295587/validation-of-non-invasive-methods-to-predict-the-presence-of-gastroesophageal-varices-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-compensated-advanced-chronic-liver-disease
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Elba Llop, Marta Lopez, Juan de la Revilla, Natalia Fernandez, Maria Trapero, Marta Hernandez, Carlos Fernandez, Fernando Pons, Jose Luis Martinez, Jose Luis Calleja
INTRODUCTION: The aim was to validate non-invasive methods to predict the presence of gastroesophageal varices (GEV) in patients with suspected compensated advanced chronic liver disease (cACLD). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical and radiological data collected prospectively between September 2013 and September 2015. We reviewed 442 consecutive patients with suspected cACLD measured by transient elastography (TE) and a gastroscopy. We evaluated platelets, spleen diameter, TE, LSPS (liver stiffness x spleen size /platelets), variceal risk index (VRI), Baveno VI strategy and Augustin algorithm...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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