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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433746/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-signaling-regulates-neuroinflammation-and-apoptosis-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Rachel K Patel, Nithisha Prasad, Ram Kuwar, Debanjan Haldar, P M Abdul-Muneer
Mild Traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a low-level injury, which often remains undiagnosed, and in most cases it leads to death and disability as it advances as secondary injury. Therefore, it is important to study the underlying signaling mechanisms of mTBI-associated neurological ailments. While transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) has a significant role in inflammation and apoptosis in myriads of other pathophysiological conditions, the precise function of increased TGF-β1 after mTBI is unknown. In this study, our objective is to study the physiological relevance and associated mechanisms of TGF-β1-mediated inflammation and apoptosis in mTBI...
April 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431620/role-of-inflammatory-molecules-in-the-alzheimer-s-disease-progression-and-diagnosis
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Eva Bagyinszky, Vo Van Giau, Kyuhwan Shim, Kyoungho Suk, Seong Soo A An, SangYun Kim
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex disorder and the most common form of neurodegenerative dementia. Several genetic, environmental, and physiological factors, including inflammations and metabolic influences, are involved in the progression of AD. Inflammations are composed of complicated networks of many chemokines and cytokines with diverse cells. Inflammatory molecules are needed for the protection against pathogens, and maintaining their balances is important for normal physiological function. Recent studies demonstrated that inflammation may be involved in neurodegenerative dementia...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431433/experimental-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-in-diabetic-mice-exhibited-severe-retinal-swelling-associated-with-vegf-elevation
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Ming-Hui Sun, Mohammad Ali Shariati, Yaping Joyce Liao
Purpose: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most important risk factors for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). In this study, we investigated for the first time the impact of experimental AION in a DM model. Methods: We induced a photochemical thrombosis model of AION after streptozotocin-induced DM and performed serial optical coherence tomography (OCT), morphometric analyses, and VEGF levels in the retina and sera. Results: Compared with non-DM animals, experimental AION in DM mice led to significantly greater retinal swelling on day 1 and worse thinning at week 3 on OCT measurements...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430923/spatiotemporal-regulation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-and-its-receptor-in-the-brain-is-there-a-role-for-growth-hormone
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Sarah M Gray, Michael O Thorner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430709/vitamin-d3-repressed-astrocyte-activation-following-lipopolysaccharide-stimulation-in-vitro-and-in-neonatal-rats
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Ke-Ping Jiao, Shao-Min Li, Wen-Yan Lv, Ming-Liang Jv, Hai-Yan He
Vitamin D3 has been reported to be an immunity modulator and high levels of vitamin D3 are correlated with a decreased risk for developing diseases in the central nervous system. Astrocytes are important immune cells and contribute toward inflammation during neurological diseases. The vitamin D receptor has been reported to be expressed in astrocytes; however, the effect of vitamin D3 on astrocyte activation has not been studied. Here, we found that lipopolysaccharide stimulation in astrocytes could enhance the expression of vitamin D receptor and Cyp27B1, which encodes the enzyme for converting vitamin D3 into its active form...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430000/neuroprotective-and-regenerative-roles-of-intranasal-wnt-3a-administration-after-focal-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
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Zheng Zachory Wei, James Ya Zhang, Tammi M Taylor, Xiaohuan Gu, Yingying Zhao, Ling Wei
Wnt signaling is a conserved pathway involved in expansion of neural progenitors and lineage specification during development. However, the role of Wnt signaling in the post-stroke brain has not been well-elucidated. We hypothesized that Wnt-3a would play an important role for neurogenesis and brain repair. Adult male mice were subjected to a focal ischemic stroke targeting the sensorimotor cortex. Mice that received Wnt-3a (2 µg/kg/day, 1 h after stroke and once a day for the next 2 days, intranasal delivery) had reduced infarct volume compared to stroke controls...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429859/aneurysms-in-neurofibromatosis-type-2-evidence-for-vasculopathy
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Shazia K Afridi, Suki Thomson, Steve E J Connor, Daniel C Walsh, Rosalie E Ferner
There have been anecdotal reports of vasculopathy associated with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Given the increasing use of bevacizumab, a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor which results in an increased risk of bleeding, it is important to ascertain if there is a predisposition to vascular abnormalities in NF2. In our unit NF2 patients undergo annual MRI brain and internal auditory meatus imaging. We noted incidental intracranial aneurysms in some patients and sought to determine the prevalence of intracranial aneurysms in our cohort of NF2 patients...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428205/measurable-supratentorial-white-matter-volume-changes-in-patients-with-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma-treated-with-an-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-agent-steroids-and-radiation
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P Svolos, W E Reddick, A Edwards, A Sykes, Y Li, J O Glass, Z Patay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Assessing the response to treatment in infiltrative brain tumors by using lesion volume-based response criteria is challenging. We hypothesized that in such tumors, volume measurements alone may not accurately capture changes in actual tumor burden during treatment. We longitudinally evaluated volume changes in both normal-appearing supratentorial white matter and the brain stem lesions in patients treated for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma to determine to what extent adjuvant systemic therapies may skew the accuracy of tumor response assessments based on volumetric analysis...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428190/in-vivo-detection-of-egfrviii-in-glioblastoma-via-perfusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-signature-consistent-with-deep-peritumoral-infiltration-the-%C3%AF-index
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Spyridon Bakas, Hamed Akbari, Jared Pisapia, Maria Martinez-Lage, Martin Rozycki, Saima Rathore, Nadia Dahmane, Donald M O'Rourke, Christos Davatzikos
<br />The epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) mutation has been considered a driver mutation and therapeutic target in glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain cancer. Currently, detecting EGFRvIII requires postoperative tissue analyses, which are ex vivo and unable to capture the tumor's spatial heterogeneity. Considering the increasing evidence of in vivo imaging signatures capturing molecular characteristics of cancer, this study aims to detect EGFRvIII in primary glioblastoma non-invasively, using routine clinically-acquired imaging...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427565/analyzing-the-effect-of-v66m-mutation-in-bdnf-in-causing-mood-disorders-a-computational-approach
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P Sneha, D Thirumal Kumar, Sugandhi Saini, Kreeti Kajal, R Magesh, R Siva, C George Priya Doss
Mental disorders or mood disorders are prevalent globally irrespective of region, race, and ethnic groups. Of the types of mood disorders, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BPD) are the most prevalent forms of psychiatric condition. A number of preclinical studies emphasize the essential role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathophysiology of mood disorders. Additionally, BDNF is the most common growth factor in the central nervous system along with their essential role during the neural development and the synaptic elasticity...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427492/maternal-lead-exposure-induces-down-regulation-of-hippocampal-insulin-degrading-enzyme-and-nerve-growth-factor-expression-in-mouse-pups
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Xing Li, Ning Li, Hua Lei Sun, Jun Yin, Yu Chang Tao, Zhen Xing Mao, Zeng Li Yu, Wen Jie Li, John D Bogden
Lead exposure is a known potential risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Exposure to lead during the critical phase of brain development has been linked with mental retardation and hypophrenia in later life. This study was aimed to investigate the effects of lead exposure of pregnant mice on the expressions of insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) and nerve growth factor (NGF) in the hippocampus of their offspring. Blood samples were collected from the tail vein, and after anesthetizing the pups, the brain was excised on postnatal day 21...
March 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427196/breast-cancer-subtypes-predict-the-preferential-site-of-distant-metastases-a-seer-based-study
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Qi Wu, Juanjuan Li, Shan Zhu, Juan Wu, Chuang Chen, Qian Liu, Wen Wei, Yimin Zhang, Shengrong Sun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This study aimed to access possible relationships between breast cancer subtypes and sites of distant metastasis in breast cancer. RESULTS: A total of 243,896 patients, including 226,451 cases in control groups were identified. Bone metastasis was found in 8848 cases, compared with 1,000 brain metastasis cases, 3434 liver metastasis cases and 4167 lung metastasis cases. Patients with all subtypes were most prone to bone metastases, the incidence of bone metastasis in HR+/HER2+ subtype was up to 5...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426106/afatinib-versus-gefitinib-in-patients-with-egfr-mutation-positive-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-overall-survival-data-from-the-phase-iib-lux-lung-7-trial
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L Paz-Ares, E-H Tan, K O'Byrne, L Zhang, V Hirsh, M Boyer, J C-H Yang, T Mok, K H Lee, S Lu, Y Shi, D H Lee, J Laskin, D-W Kim, S A Laurie, K Kölbeck, J Fan, N Dodd, A Märten, K Park
Background: In LUX-Lung 7, the irreversible ErbB family blocker, afatinib, significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS), time-to-treatment failure (TTF) and objective response rate (ORR) versus gefitinib in patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here, we present primary analysis of mature overall survival (OS) data. Patients and methods: LUX-Lung 7 assessed afatinib 40 mg/day versus gefitinib 250 mg/day in treatment-naïve patients with stage IIIb/IV NSCLC and a common EGFR mutation (exon 19 deletion/L858R)...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
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Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425047/can-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-antibody-reverse-radiation-necrosis-a-preclinical-investigation
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Chong Duan, Carlos J Perez-Torres, Liya Yuan, John A Engelbach, Scott C Beeman, Christina I Tsien, Keith M Rich, Robert E Schmidt, Joseph J H Ackerman, Joel R Garbow
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) antibodies are a promising new treatment for late time-to-onset radiation-induced necrosis (RN). We sought to evaluate and validate the response to anti-VEGF antibody in a mouse model of RN. Mice were irradiated with the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion™ and then treated with anti-VEGF antibody, beginning at post-irradiation (PIR) week 8. RN progression was monitored via anatomic and diffusion MRI from weeks 4-12 PIR. Standard histology, using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E), and immunohistochemistry staining were used to validate the response to treatment...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425014/clinicopathological-and-prognostic-significance-of-ki-67-immunohistochemical-expression-of-distant-metastatic-lesions-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Hitoshi Inari, Nobuyasu Suganuma, Kae Kawachi, Tatsuya Yoshida, Takashi Yamanaka, Yoshiyasu Nakamura, Mitsuyo Yoshihara, Hirotaka Nakayama, Katsuhiko Masudo, Takashi Oshima, Tomoyuki Yokose, Yasushi Rino, Satoru Shimizu, Yohei Miyagi, Munetaka Masuda
BACKGROUND: Surgical biopsy of metastatic lesions followed by pathological confirmation for the investigation of biomarkers is occasionally proposed as an effective strategy in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. However, few reports have examined Ki-67 immunohistochemical expression in distant metastatic lesions of breast cancer patients. This study aimed to investigate the clinicopathological significance of subtypes and Ki-67 immunohistochemical expression in metastatic breast cancer lesions...
April 19, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424147/treatment-of-leukoencephalopathy-with-calcifications-and-cysts-with-bevacizumab
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Alex J Fay, Allison A King, Joshua S Shimony, Yanick J Crow, Jan E Brunstrom-Hernandez
BACKGROUND: Leukoencephalopathy with calcifications and cysts is a rare, autosomal recessive cerebral microangiopathy that causes progressive white matter disease, calcifications, and cysts within the brain. It is typically associated with slowly progressive psychomotor regression, seizures, and movement disorders. Although leukoencephalopathy with calcifications and cysts affects only the central nervous system, it demonstrates remarkable neuropathologic and radiologic overlap with Coats plus, a disorder of small vessels of the brain, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and bone...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423707/tropomyosin-related-kinase-b-mediated-signaling-contributes-to-the-induction-of-malignant-phenotype-of-gallbladder-cancer
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Makoto Kawamoto, Hideya Onishi, Keigo Ozono, Akio Yamasaki, Akira Imaizumi, Sachiko Kamakura, Kenji Nakano, Yoshinao Oda, Hideki Sumimoto, Masafumi Nakamura
This study aims to demonstrate the clinical and biological significance of Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)/Tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) signaling in gallbladder cancer (GBC) through a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments. TrkB expression was detected in 63 (91.3%) out of 69 surgically resected primary GBC specimens by immunohistochemistry. TrkB expression in the invasive front correlated with T factor (p=0.0391) and clinical staging (p=0.0391). Overall survival was lower in patients with high TrkB expression in the invasive front than in those with low TrkB expression (p=0...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423515/preclinical-therapeutic-efficacy-of-a-novel-blood-brain-barrier-penetrant-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitor-with-preferential-response-in-pi3k-pten-mutant-glioma
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Dimpy Koul, Shuzhen Wang, Shaofang Wu, Norihiko Saito, Siyuan Zheng, Feng Gao, Isha Kaul, Masaki Setoguchi, Kiyoshi Nakayama, Kumiko Koyama, Yoshinobu Shiose, Erik P Sulman, Yasuhide Hirota, W K Alfred Yung
Glioblastoma (GBM) is an ideal candidate disease for signal transduction targeted therapy because the majority of these tumors harbor genetic alterations that result in aberrant activation of growth factor signaling pathways. Loss of heterozygosity of chromosome 10, mutations in the tumor suppressor gene PTEN, and PI3K mutations are molecular hallmarks of GBM and indicate poor prognostic outcomes in many cancers. Consequently, inhibiting the PI3K pathway may provide therapeutic benefit in these cancers. PI3K inhibitors generally block proliferation rather than induce apoptosis...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422706/adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-an-important-target-associated-with-antidepressant-effects-of-exercise
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Lina Sun, Qingshan Sun, Jinshun Qi
Depression is a prevalent devastating mental disorder that affects the normal life of patients and brings a heavy burden to whole society. Although many efforts have been made to attenuate depressive/anxiety symptoms, the current clinic antidepressants have limited effects. Scientists have long been making attempts to find some new strategies that can be applied as the alternative antidepressant therapy. Exercise, a widely recognized healthy lifestyle, has been suggested as a therapy that can relieve psychiatric stress...
April 19, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
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