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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817455/jak-kinase-3-signaling-in-microgliogenesis-from-the-spinal-nestin-progenitors-in-both-development-and-response-to-injury
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Sumit Barua, Jee-In Chung, A Young Kim, Soo-Yeon Lee, Soo Hwan Lee, Eun Joo Baik
During spinal cord development, endogenous progenitors expressing nestin can migrate into the target and differentiate into neurons and other glial cells. Microglial cells can also be derived from nestin progenitor cells, even in the adult brain. Knockdown of Jak kinase 3 (Jak3) signaling can increase neurogenesis with longer neurite outgrowth in cortical progenitor cells. This study investigated the effect of Jak3 signaling on differentiation from nestin progenitor cells using E13.5 spinal progenitor cell cultures...
August 16, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817446/bevacizumab-as-an-effective-treatment-for-radiation-necrosis-after-radiotherapy-for-melanoma-brain-metastases
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Isabella C Glitza, Nandita Guha-Thakurta, Neil M D'Souza, Rodabe N Amaria, Susan L McGovern, Ganesh Rao, Jing Li
Radiation necrosis (RN) is a potential late complication of radiotherapy for intracranial malignancy, which is often associated with significant neurological morbidity. Prolonged treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or surgical resection has been the standard care for RN, but protracted steroid use can lead to significant side effects and surgical resection is not always feasible. The antivascular endothelial growth factor monoclonal antibody bevacizumab induces clinical and radiographic improvements in RN, with overall good tolerance...
August 16, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817120/the-erythropoietin-derived-peptide-mk-x-and-erythropoietin-have-neuroprotective-effects-against-ischemic-brain-damage
#3
Seung-Jun Yoo, Bongki Cho, Deokho Lee, Gowoon Son, Yeong-Bae Lee, Hyung Soo Han, Eunjoo Kim, Chanil Moon, Cheil Moon
Erythropoietin (EPO) has been well known as a hematopoietic cytokine over the past decades. However, recent reports have demonstrated that EPO plays a neuroprotective role in the central nervous system, and EPO has been considered as a therapeutic target in neurodegenerative diseases such as ischemic stroke. Despite the neuroprotective effect of EPO, clinical trials have shown its unexpected side effects, including undesirable proliferative effects such as erythropoiesis and tumor growth. Therefore, the development of EPO analogs that would confer neuroprotection without adverse effects has been attempted...
August 17, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813325/sleep-in-ptsd-conceptual-model-and-novel-directions-in-brain-based-research-and-interventions
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Anne Germain, Ashlee B McKeon, Rebecca L Campbell
Peri-traumatic sleep disturbances are growingly recognized as biologically-relevant and modifiable predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The exponential growth of the literature on sleep in PTSD over the last two decades has stimulated a paradigm shift in the conceptualization of the relationship between sleep and PTSD. A conceptual framework that captures this paradigm shift is offered. New research on existing and promising sleep-focused treatments for augmenting PTSD treatment outcomes is then summarized...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812231/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-conditioned-medium-from-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-impaired-by-n-acetyl-cysteine-supplementation
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Teodoro Palomares, María Cordero, Cristina Bruzos-Cidon, María Torrecilla, Luisa Ugedo, Ana Alonso-Varona
Oxidative stress is a common feature in neurodegenerative diseases associated with neuroinflammation, and therefore, has been proposed as a key target for novel therapies for these diseases. Recently, adipose-derived stem cell (ASC)-based cell therapy has emerged as a novel strategy for neuroprotection. In this study, we evaluate the therapeutic role of ASC-conditioned medium (ASC-CM) against H2O2-induced neurotoxicity in a new in vitro model of ec23/brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-differentiated human SH-SY5Y neuron-like cells (SH-SY5Yd)...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
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Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811384/loss-of-spdef-and-gain-of-tgfbi-activity-after-androgen-deprivation-therapy-promote-emt-and-bone-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer
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Wei-Yu Chen, Yuan-Chin Tsai, Hsiu-Lien Yeh, Florent Suau, Kuo-Ching Jiang, Ai-Ning Shao, Jiaoti Huang, Yen-Nien Liu
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) targeting the androgen receptor (AR) is a standard therapeutic regimen for treating prostate cancer. However, most tumors progress to metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer after ADT. We identified the type 1, 2, and 4 collagen-binding protein transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ)-induced protein (TGFBI) as an important factor in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and malignant progression of prostate cancer. In prostate cancer cell lines, AR signaling stimulated the activity of the transcription factor SPDEF, which repressed the expression of TGFBI ADT, AR antagonism, or overexpression of TGFBI inhibited the activity of SPDEF and enhanced the proliferation rates of prostate cancer cells...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810998/delayed-diagnosis-of-acromegaly-in-the-context-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-due-to-symptoms-mimicking-known-psychotropic-medication-side-effects
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Ray-Bernard Portier, Afshin Afarin, Sara Pope
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly is caused by elevated secretion of human growth hormone, which is frequently because of intracranial tumors. This diagnosis is fairly uncommon with an incidence of 3 to 4 cases per million patients per year. We are presenting a case of acromegaly diagnosed in an active duty Chief Petty Officer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 38-year-old male Chief Petty Officer with no previous mental health diagnosis experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like symptoms in early 2012 after deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810603/intratracheal-administration-of-isosorbide-dinitrate-improves-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-ventricular-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-following-myocardial-infarction
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Xuelian Wang, Qingqing Xu, Tianqi Li, Yaocong Rong, Weilin Hong, Yan Huang, Xingui Guo
Pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease is associated with poor outcomes. This study investigated the beneficial effects of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) inhalation on pulmonary pressure and ventricular remodeling in a rat model of heart failure (HF) following myocardial infarction (MI). To assess the effect of ISDN on pulmonary pressure, 20 male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomized to four groups: Normal saline (NS) 1 ml/kg, ISDN 1 mg/kg, NS 3 ml/kg or ISDN 3 mg/kg following coronary ligation. Assessments included pulmonary and systemic artery pressure alterations, lung weight/body weight and plasma nitric oxide (NO) concentration...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810156/more-inflammation-but-less-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-antisocial-personality-disorder
#10
Tzu-Yun Wang, Sheng-Yu Lee, Ming-Chuan Hu, Shiou-Lan Chen, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Chun-Hsien Chu, Shih-Hsien Lin, Chia-Ling Li, Liang-Jen Wang, Po See Chen, Shih-Heng Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Nian-Sheng Tzeng, I Hui Lee, Kao Chin Chen, Yen Kuang Yang, Jau-Shyong Hong, Ru-Band Lu
Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is highly comorbid with substance use disorders (SUDs). We hypothesize that chronic neuroinflammation and the loss of neurotrophic factors prompts the pathogenesis of both disorders. We used ELISA to measure plasma levels of proinflammatory (tumor necrosis factor-α [TNF-α], C-reactive protein [CRP]) and anti-inflammatory factors (transforming growth factor-β1 [TGF-β1] and interleukin-10 [IL-10]), and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in male patients with ASPD (n=74), SUDs (n=168), ASPD comorbid with SUDs (ASPD+SUDs) (n=438), and Healthy Controls (HCs) (n=81)...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810002/retinal-oximetry-discovers-novel-biomarkers-in-retinal-and-brain-diseases
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Einar Stefánsson, Olof Birna Olafsdottir, Anna Bryndis Einarsdottir, Thorunn Scheving Eliasdottir, Thor Eysteinsson, Wouter Vehmeijer, Evelien Vandewalle, Toke Bek, Sveinn Hakon Hardarson
Purpose: Biomarkers for several eye and brain diseases are reviewed, where retinal oximetry may help confirm diagnosis or measure severity of disease. These include diabetic retinopathy, central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease. Methods: Retinal oximetry is based on spectrophotometric fundus imaging and measures oxygen saturation in retinal arterioles and venules in a noninvasive, quick, safe manner. Retinal oximetry detects changes in oxygen metabolism, including those that result from ischemia or atrophy...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808787/malignant-transformation-of-a-conservatively-managed-incidental-childhood-cerebral-mass-lesion-controversy-regarding-management-paradigm
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Jehuda Soleman, Jonathan Roth, Zvi Ram, Michal Yalon, Shlomi Constantini
BACKGROUND: Incidental findings on neuroimaging in the pediatric population are an emerging treatment challenge. Treatment options for these incidental childhood brain mass lesions, which radiologically may be assumed to be low-grade gliomas (LGG), vary, ranging from careful conservative "wait and scan" treatment to surgical biopsy, gross total resection, and upfront radiation and/or chemotherapy. As malignant transformation of LGG in children is extremely rare, some series advocate careful conservative management of these lesions; however, universal treatment protocols are not totally agreed upon...
August 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807479/multifactorial-analyses-revealed-optimal-aquaculture-modalities-improving-husbandry-fitness-without-clear-effect-on-stress-and-immune-status-of-pikeperch-sander-lucioperca
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Sébastien Baekelandt, Baptiste Redivo, Syaghalirwa N M Mandiki, Thibaut Bournonville, Alexis Houndji, Benoît Bernard, Najlae El Kertaoui, Mélodie Schmitz, Pascal Fontaine, Jean-Noël Gardeur, Yannick Ledoré, Patrick Kestemont
High mortality and impairment in growth rate during pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) ongrowing are among the major bottlenecks for its development in aquaculture. These failures may be related to high stress responsiveness since the rearing conditions are not yet optimized for this species. The objectives were to characterize the stress and immunological responses of pikeperch to major aquaculture modalities, and to identify the optimal aquaculture conditions for improving its welfare status. In a screening experiment, eight factors considered as relevant for the welfare of pikeperch were compared in two modalities using a fractional multifactorial design (2(8-4))...
August 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807283/neospora-caninum-rop16-play-an-important-role-in-the-pathogenicity-by-phosphorylating-host-cell-stat3
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Lei Ma, Gongzhen Liu, Jing Liu, Muzi Li, Heng Zhang, Di Tang, Qun Liu
Neospora caninum is a common cause of abortions in cattle and nervous system dysfunctions in dogs. Our analysis shows that NcROP16 and TgROP16 have similar structures and may have similar functions. To our surprise, we found that similar to the T. gondii RH strain, the N. caninum Nc-1 strain could phosphorylate STAT3(Y705), but in contrast to T. gondii, N. caninum Nc-1 could not phosphorylate STAT6(Y641). We constructed a gene-knockout plasmid and screened ΔNcROP16 strains at the gene, protein and transcription levels...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807156/metabolic-factors-and-adult-neurogenesis-impacts-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-brain-repair-in-neurological-diseases
#15
Chong Gao, Jiangang Shen
Adult neurogenesis plays the important roles in animal cognitive and emotional behaviors. Abnormal proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) usually associate with the neural dysfunctions induced by different brain disorders. Therefore, targeting neurogenic factors could be a promoting strategy for neural regeneration and brain repair. Importantly, epidemiological studies suggest metabolism disorders like diabetes and obesity significantly increase the risk of neurological and psychiatric diseases...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806136/harnessing-olig2-function-in-tumorigenicity-and-plasticity-to-target-malignant-gliomas
#16
Jennifer Kosty, Fanghui Lu, Robert Kupp, Shwetal Mehta, Q Richard Lu
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most prevalent and malignant brain tumor, displaying notorious resistance to conventional therapy, partially due to molecular and genetic heterogeneity. Understanding the mechanisms for gliomagenesis, tumor stem/progenitor cell propagation and phenotypic diversity is critical for devising effective and targeted therapy for this lethal disease. The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor OLIG2, which is universally expressed in gliomas, has emerged as an important player in GBM cell reprogramming, genotoxic resistance, and tumor phenotype plasticity...
August 14, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803696/differential-modulation-of-glial-cell-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-plasmodium-berghei-anka-infection-by-tgf-%C3%AE-and-il-6
#17
Samrat Sarkar, Tarun Keswani, Anirban Sengupta, Soham Mitra, Arindam Bhattacharyya
Modulation of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory axis and orientation of glial cell function towards neuroinflammation, were hallmark signs of cerebral malaria (CM). CM pathogenesis was concerned with the circulating levels of Interleukin 6 (IL 6) and Transforming growth factor β (TGF β). Definite roles of these two cytokines in brain related pathology remained largely unexplored. To study the effect of these two cytokines, we have examined changes in morphology and in activation profile of the glial cells after TGF β and IL 6 neutralization during CM in cortex and cerebellum of the Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA) infected male swiss albino mice...
August 10, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800076/human-dental-pulp-cells-differentiate-toward-neuronal-cells-and-promote-neuroregeneration-in-adult-organotypic-hippocampal-slices-in-vitro
#18
Li Xiao, Ryoji Ide, Chikako Saiki, Yasuo Kumazawa, Hisashi Okamura
The adult mammalian central nerve system has fundamental difficulties regarding effective neuroregeneration. The aim of this study is to investigate whether human dental pulp cells (DPCs) can promote neuroregeneration by (i) being differentiated toward neuronal cells and/or (ii) stimulating local neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus. Using immunostaining, we demonstrated that adult human dental pulp contains multipotent DPCs, including STRO-1, CD146 and P75-positive stem cells. DPC-formed spheroids were able to differentiate into neuronal, vascular, osteogenic and cartilaginous lineages under osteogenic induction...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799062/long-term-epilepsy-associated-tumor-in-the-amygdala-of-a-16-year-old-boy-report-of-a-rare-case-having-intranuclear-filaments
#19
Yoon Jin Cha, Dong-Seok Kim, Seung-Koo Lee, Hoon-Chul Kang, Se Hoon Kim
The term "long-term epilepsy-associated tumor (LEAT)" encompasses brain lesions associated with drug-resistant epilepsy over a long duration (≥2 years). Notably, some LEATs do not fit into any of the classifications of the World Health Organization (WHO). Herein, we report a LEAT that occurred in the left amygdala of a 16-year-old patient with intractable epilepsy. Histological examination of the resected amygdala revealed diffusely infiltrating tumor cells in the cortex. Perineuronal satellitosis and perivascular aggregation of tumor cells were apparent, along with mild nuclear enlargement and cytologic atypia...
August 10, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798775/maintenance-of-a-schwann-like-phenotype-in-differentiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-requires-the-synergistic-action-of-multiple-growth-factors
#20
Alice E Mortimer, Alessandro Faroni, Mahmut A Kilic, Adam J Reid
Differentiating human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) towards Schwann cells produces an unstable phenotype when stimulating factors are withdrawn. Here, we set out to examine the role of glial growth factor 2 (GGF-2) in the maintenance of Schwann-like cells. Following ASC differentiation to Schwann-like cells, stimulating factors were withdrawn such that cells either remained in media supplemented with all stimulating factors, GGF-2 alone, or underwent complete withdrawal of all factors. Furthermore, each stimulating factor was also removed from the growth medium individually...
2017: Stem Cells International
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