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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351691/out-of-field-doses-in-children-treated-for-large-arteriovenous-malformations-using-hypofractionated-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-and-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy
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Marijke De Saint-Hubert, Marija Majer, Hrvoje Hršak, Zdravko Heinrich, Željka Kneževic, Saveta Miljanic, Paulina Porwol, Liliana Stolarczyk, Filip Vanhavere, Roger M Harrison
The purpose of this study was to measure out-of-field organ doses in two anthropomorphic child phantoms for the treatment of large brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) using hypofractionated gamma knife (GK) radiosurgery and to compare these with an alternative treatment using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Target volume was identical in size and shape in all cases. Radiophotoluminescent (RPL), thermoluminescent (TL) and optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) dosimeters were used for out-of-field dosimetry during GK treatment and a good agreement within 1-2% between results was shown...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351662/the-versatile-tanycyte-a-hypothalamic-integrator-of-reproduction-and-energy-metabolism
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Vincent Prevot, Bénédicte Dehouck, Ariane Sharif, Philippe Ciofi, Paolo Giacobini, Jerome Clasadonte
The fertility and survival of an individual rely on the ability of the periphery to promptly, effectively and reproducibly communicate with brain neural networks that control reproduction, food intake and energy homeostasis. Tanycytes, a specialized glial cell type lining the wall of the third ventricle in the median eminence of the hypothalamus, appear to act as the linchpin of these processes by dynamically controlling the secretion of neuropeptides into the portal vasculature by hypothalamic neurons and regulating blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid exchanges, both processes that depend on the ability of these cells to adapt their morphology to the physiological state of the individual...
January 17, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351514/the-ace2-angiotensin-1-7-mas-axis-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-focus-on-angiotensin-1-7
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Robson Augusto Souza Santos, Walkyria Oliveira Sampaio, Andreia C Alzamora, Daisy Motta-Santos, Natalia Alenina, Michael Bader, Maria Jose Campagnole-Santos
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a key player in the control of the cardiovascular system and hydroelectrolyte balance, with an influence on organs and functions throughout the body. The classical view of this system saw it as a sequence of many enzymatic steps that culminate in the production of a single biologically active metabolite, the octapeptide angiotensin (ANG) II, by the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). The past two decades have revealed new functions for some of the intermediate products, beyond their roles as substrates along the classical route...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351470/increased-pro-renin-receptor-expression-in-subfornical-organ-neurons-in-hypertensive-humans
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Silvana G Cooper, Darshan P Trivedi, Rieko Yamamoto, Caleb J Worker, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Jacob T Sorensen, Wei Yang, Zhenggang Xiong, Yumei Feng
The central nervous system plays an important role in essential hypertension in humans and in animal models of hypertension through modulation of sympathetic activity, and sodium and body fluid homeostasis. Data from animal models of hypertension suggest that the renin-angiotensin system in the subfornical organ (SFO) of the brain is critical for hypertension development. We recently reported that the brain (pro)renin receptor (PRR) is a novel component of the brain renin-angiotensin system and could be a key initiator of the pathogenesis of hypertension...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351316/dexmedetomidine-reduces-lipopolysaccharide-induced-neuroinflammation-sickness-behavior-and-anhedonia
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Ching-Hua Yeh, Liang-Po Hsieh, Ming-Chung Lin, Tsui-Shan Wei, Hui-Ching Lin, Chia-Cheng Chang, Chung-Hsi Hsing
BACKGROUND: Peripheral innate immune response may induce sickness behavior through activating microglia, excessive cytokines production, and neuroinflammation. Dexmedetomidine (Dex) has anti-inflammatory effect. We investigated the effects of Dex on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation and sickness behavior in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BALB/c mice were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with Dex (50 ug/kg) or vehicle. One hour later, the mice were injected (i...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351307/doxycycline-modulates-vegf-a-expression-failure-of-doxycycline-inducible-lentivirus-shrna-vector-to-knockdown-vegf-a-expression-in-transgenic-mice
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Mari Merentie, Riina Rissanen, Line Lottonen-Raikaslehto, Jenni Huusko, Erika Gurzeler, Mikko P Turunen, Lari Holappa, Petri Mäkinen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) is the master regulator of angiogenesis, vascular permeability and growth. However, its role in mature blood vessels is still not well understood. To better understand the role of VEGF-A in the adult vasculature, we generated a VEGF-A knockdown mouse model carrying a doxycycline (dox)-regulatable short hairpin RNA (shRNA) transgene, which silences VEGF-A. The aim was to find the critical level of VEGF-A reduction for vascular well-being in vivo. In vitro, the dox-inducible lentiviral shRNA vector decreased VEGF-A expression efficiently and dose-dependently in mouse endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351276/static-length-changes-of-cochlear-outer-hair-cells-can-tune-low-frequency-hearing
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Nikola Ciganović, Rebecca L Warren, Batu Keçeli, Stefan Jacob, Anders Fridberger, Tobias Reichenbach
The cochlea not only transduces sound-induced vibration into neural spikes, it also amplifies weak sound to boost its detection. Actuators of this active process are sensory outer hair cells in the organ of Corti, whereas the inner hair cells transduce the resulting motion into electric signals that propagate via the auditory nerve to the brain. However, how the outer hair cells modulate the stimulus to the inner hair cells remains unclear. Here, we combine theoretical modeling and experimental measurements near the cochlear apex to study the way in which length changes of the outer hair cells deform the organ of Corti...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350434/the-cystine-glutamate-exchanger-xct-slc7a11-is-expressed-in-significant-concentrations-in-a-subpopulation-of-astrocytes-in-the-mouse-brain
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Sigrid Ottestad-Hansen, Qiu Xiang Hu, Virgine Veronique Follin-Arbelet, Eduard Bentea, Hideyo Sato, Ann Massie, Yun Zhou, Niels Christian Danbolt
The cystine-glutamate exchanger (xCT) promotes glutathione synthesis by catalyzing cystine uptake and glutamate release. The released glutamate may modulate normal neural signaling and contribute to excitotoxicity in pathological situations. Uncertainty, however, remains as neither the expression levels nor the distribution of xCT have been unambiguously determined. In fact, xCT has been reported in astrocytes, neurons, oligodendrocytes and microglia, but most of the information derives from cell cultures. Here, we show by immunohistochemistry and by Western blotting that xCT is widely expressed in the central nervous system of both sexes...
January 19, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349630/developmental-changes-in-serotonergic-modulation-of-gabaergic-synaptic-transmission-and-postsynaptic-gabaa-receptor-composition-in-the-cerebellar-nuclei
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Fumihito Saitow, Masatoshi Nagano, Hidenori Suzuki
Outputs from the cerebellar nuclei (CN) are important for generating and controlling movement. The activity of CN neurons is controlled not only by excitatory inputs from mossy and climbing fibers and by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-based inhibitory transmission from Purkinje cells in the cerebellar cortex but is also modulated by inputs from other brain regions, including serotonergic fibers that originate in the dorsal raphe nuclei. We examined the modulatory effects of serotonin (5-HT) on GABAergic synapses during development, using rat cerebellar slices...
January 19, 2018: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349604/quality-of-training-in-radiation-oncology-in-germany-where-do-we-stand-results-from-a%C3%A2-2016-2017-survey-performed-by-the-working-group-young-degro-of-the-german-society-of-radiation-oncology-degro
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C T Dietzel, K Jablonska, M Niyazi, T Gauer, N Ebert, C Ostheimer, D Krug
PURPOSE: To evaluate the current situation of young radiation oncologists in Germany with regard to the contents and quality of training and level of knowledge, as well as their working conditions and professional satisfaction. METHODS: From June 2016 to February 2017, a survey was conducted by the young DEGRO (yDEGRO) using an online platform. The questionnaire consisted of 28 items examining a broad range of aspects influencing residency. There were 96 completed questionnaires RESULTS: 83% of participants stated to be very or mostly pleased with their residency training...
January 18, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349291/spontaneous-infraslow-fluctuations-modulate-hippocampal-epsp-ps-coupling
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Michael B Dash, Stephen Ajayi, Lynde Folsom, Paul E Gold, Donna L Korol
Extensive trial-to-trial variability is a hallmark of most behavioral, cognitive, and physiological processes. Spontaneous brain activity (SBA), a ubiquitous phenomenon that coordinates levels and patterns of neuronal activity throughout the brain, may contribute to this variability by dynamically altering neuronal excitability. In freely-behaving male rats, we observed extensive variability of the hippocampal evoked response across 28-min recording periods despite maintaining constant stimulation parameters of the medial perforant path...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348889/metformin-and-temozolomide-a-synergic-option-to-overcome-resistance-in-glioblastoma-multiforme-models
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Silvia Valtorta, Alessia Lo Dico, Isabella Raccagni, Daniela Gaglio, Sara Belloli, Letterio S Politi, Cristina Martelli, Cecilia Diceglie, Marcella Bonanomi, Giulia Ercoli, Valentina Vaira, Luisa Ottobrini, Rosa Maria Moresco
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor with poor survival. Cytoreduction in association with radiotherapy and temozolomide (TMZ) is the standard therapy, but response is heterogeneous and life expectancy is limited. The combined use of chemotherapeutic agents with drugs targeting cell metabolism is becoming an interesting therapeutic option for cancer treatment. Here, we found that metformin (MET) enhances TMZ effect on TMZ-sensitive cell line (U251) and overcomes TMZ-resistance in T98G GBM cell line...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348191/multi-modal-encoding-of-novelty-reward-and-learning-in-the-primate-nucleus-basalis-of-meynert
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Clarissa Martinez-Rubio, Angelique C Paulk, Eric J McDonald, Alik S Widge, Emad N Eskandar
Associative learning is crucial for daily function, involving a complex network of brain regions. One region, the nucleus basalis of Meynert (NBM), is a highly interconnected, largely cholinergic structure implicated in multiple aspects of learning. We show that single neurons in the NBM of non-human primates (NHPs; N=2 males; Macaca mulatta) encode learning a new association through spike rate modulation. Yet, the power of low-frequency local field potential (LFP) oscillations decreases in response to novel, not-yet-learned stimuli but then increase as learning progresses...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348041/executive-dysfunction-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-is-associated-with-a-failure-to-modulate-frontoparietal-insular-hub-architecture
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Charles J Lynch, Andrew L Breeden, Xiaozhen You, Ruth Ludlum, William D Gaillard, Lauren Kenworthy, Chandan J Vaidya
BACKGROUND: Comorbid executive dysfunction in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a barrier to adaptive functioning, despite remittance of core social-communication symptoms. Network models of ASD address core symptoms but not comorbid executive dysfunction. Following recent demonstrations in healthy adults that, with increasing executive demands, hubs embedded within frontoparietal-insular control networks interact with a more diverse set of networks, we hypothesized that the capability of hubs to do so is perturbed in ASD and predicts executive behavior...
September 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347454/noise-driven-neuromorphic-tuned-amplifier
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Duccio Fanelli, Francesco Ginelli, Roberto Livi, Niccoló Zagli, Clement Zankoc
We study a simple stochastic model of neuronal excitatory and inhibitory interactions. The model is defined on a directed lattice and internodes couplings are modulated by a nonlinear function that mimics the process of synaptic activation. We prove that such a system behaves as a fully tunable amplifier: the endogenous component of noise, stemming from finite size effects, seeds a coherent (exponential) amplification across the chain generating giant oscillations with tunable frequencies, a process that the brain could exploit to enhance, and eventually encode, different signals...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346778/diverse-brain-myeloid-expression-profiles-reveal-distinct-microglial-activation-states-and-aspects-of-alzheimer-s-disease-not-evident-in-mouse-models
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Brad A Friedman, Karpagam Srinivasan, Gai Ayalon, William J Meilandt, Han Lin, Melanie A Huntley, Yi Cao, Seung-Hye Lee, Patrick C G Haddick, Hai Ngu, Zora Modrusan, Jessica L Larson, Joshua S Kaminker, Marcel P van der Brug, David V Hansen
Microglia, the CNS-resident immune cells, play important roles in disease, but the spectrum of their possible activation states is not well understood. We derived co-regulated gene modules from transcriptional profiles of CNS myeloid cells of diverse mouse models, including new tauopathy model datasets. Using these modules to interpret single-cell data from an Alzheimer's disease (AD) model, we identified microglial subsets-distinct from previously reported "disease-associated microglia"-expressing interferon-related or proliferation modules...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345288/downregulation-of-mir%C3%A2-205-is-associated-with-glioblastoma-cell-migration-invasion-and-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-zeb1-via-the-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#17
Wei Chen, Kuan-Kei Kong, Xin-Ke Xu, Cheng Chen, Hui Li, Fang-Yu Wang, Xiao-Fang Peng, Zhan Zhang, Ping Li, Jun-Liang Li, Fang-Cheng Li
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common type of malignant brain tumor. In spite of recent advancements in surgical techniques, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, patients with GBM often face a dire prognosis. MicroRNAs have been shown to modulate the aggressiveness of various cancers, and have emerged as possible therapeutic agents for the management of GBM. miR‑205 is dysregulated in glioma and act as a prognostic indicator. However, the role of miR‑205 in the development of GBM has not been elucidated...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344975/extracellular-matrix-and-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Naijil George, Herbert M Geller
The brain extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a crucial role in both the developing and adult brain by providing structural support and mediating cell-cell interactions. In this review, we focus on the major constituents of the ECM and how they function in both normal and injured brain, and summarize the changes in the composition of the ECM as well as how these changes either promote or inhibit recovery of function following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Modulation of ECM composition to facilitates neuronal survival, regeneration and axonal outgrowth is a potential therapeutic target for TBI treatment...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344937/ndufaf3-variants-that-disrupt-mitochondrial-complex-i-assembly-may-associate-with-cavitating-leukoencephalopathy
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A Ishiyama, K Muramatsu, S Uchino, C Sakai, Y Matsushima, N Makioka, T Ogata, E Suzuki, H Komaki, M Sasaki, M Mimaki, Y-I Goto, I Nishino
Genetic abnormalities in mitochondrial complex assembling factors are associated with leukoencephalopathy. We present a one-year-old girl with consciousness disturbance after a respiratory infection. Brain MRI revealed leukoencephalopathy with bilaterally symmetrical hyperintensity in the substantia nigra, medial thalamic nuclei, and basal nuclei, as well as cavities in the cerebral white matter and corpus callosum. Lactate levels in the spinal fluid were high, while magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the cerebral white matter and basal nuclei showed high peak lactate levels, suggesting mitochondrial dysfunction...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343767/blockade-of-trpv1-inhibits-methamphetamine-induced-rewarding-effects
#20
Yu-Hua Tian, Shi-Xun Ma, Kwang-Wook Lee, Sunmee Wee, George F Koob, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Methamphetamine (MAP) is the most widely used psychostimulant in the world, but the exact mechanisms underlying MAP addiction are not yet fully understood. Recent studies have identified the distribution of TRPV1 in several brain regions that are related to drug addiction, including nucleus accumbens (NAc) and dorsal striatum (DSt). In the present study, we performed conditioned place preference (CPP) and self-administration tests to examine the effects of capsazepine (CPZ) and SB366791 (SB) on MAP reward. We found that both CPZ and SB significantly inhibited MAP-induced CPP and self-administration; in contrast, TRPV1 knock-out (KO) mice did not develop MAP-induced CPP...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
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