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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817841/-practical-use-of-continuous-apomorphine-infusion-via-pump
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Lars Tönges, Andrés Ceballos-Baumann, Holger Honig, Alexander Storch, Wolfgang H Jost
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative illness after Alzheimer's disease. In its advanced stages, it is characterized by various special symptoms. In addition to non-motor signs, motor complications are most prominent and most often can only be inadequately improved with pulsatile oral therapies. However, with the aid of continuous dopaminergic stimulation, improvements can be achieved even in advanced stages of the disease. This will not only alleviate motor and non-motor symptoms, but will also lead to a better quality of life...
August 17, 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817722/nicotinamide-alone-accelerates-the-conversion-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neuronal-populations
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Síle M Griffin, Mark R Pickard, Rowan P Orme, Clive P Hawkins, Adrian C Williams, Rosemary A Fricker
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role during embryogenesis. Specifically, there is growing evidence that nicotinamide, the biologically active form of vitamin B3, plays a critical role as a morphogen in the differentiation of stem cells to mature cell phenotypes, including those of the central nervous system (CNS). Detailed knowledge of the action of small molecules during neuronal differentiation is not only critical for uncovering mechanisms underlying lineage-specification, but also to establish more effective differentiation protocols to obtain clinically relevant cells for regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington's disease (HD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817613/diflunisal-inhibits-prestin-by-chloride-dependent-mechanism
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Guillaume Duret, Fred A Pereira, Robert M Raphael
The motor protein prestin is a member of the SLC26 family of anion antiporters and is essential to the electromotility of cochlear outer hair cells and for hearing. The only direct inhibitor of electromotility and the associated charge transfer is salicylate, possibly through direct interaction with an anion-binding site on prestin. In a screen to identify other inhibitors of prestin activity, we explored the effect of the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal, which is a derivative of salicylate. We recorded prestin activity by whole-cell patch clamping HEK cells transiently expressing prestin and mouse outer hair cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817498/an-interprofessional-approach-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-care
#4
Jerri L Jaffa, Marlene Dufault, Mary Lavin
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brain stem, and motor cortex that are responsible for voluntary movement. For unknown reasons, military veterans are approximately twice as likely as the public to be given a diagnosis of ALS. Currently, there is no cure for ALS. The only US Food and Drug Administration-approved disease-modifying medication is riluzole (Rilutek), which may slow ALS progression but only minimally increases survival time...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817274/notch-inhibitors-from-calotropis-gigantea-that-induce-neuronal-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells
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Tatsuro Yoneyama, Midori A Arai, Ryuta Akamine, Kazune Koryudzu, Anna Tsuchiya, Samir K Sadhu, Firoj Ahmed, Motoyuki Itoh, Ryuichi Okamoto, Masami Ishibashi
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease occur due to loss of the structure and function of neurons. For the potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, accelerators of neuronal differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) have been focused on and a cell-based assay system for measuring Notch signaling pathway activity was constructed. Using this assay system, eight compounds isolated from Calotropis gigantea were identified as inhibitors of the Notch signaling pathway...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817252/experimental-and-theoretical-insights-into-the-inhibition-mechanism-of-prion-fibrillation-by-resveratrol-and-its-derivatives
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Lanlan Li, Yongchang Zhu, Shuangyan Zhou, Xiaoli An, Yan Zhang, Qifeng Bai, Yong-Xing He, Huanxiang Liu, Xiao-Jun Yao
Resveratrol and its derivatives have been shown to display beneficial effects to neurodegenerative diseases. However, the molecular mechanism of resveratrol and its derivatives on prion conformational conversion is poorly understood. In this work, the interaction mechanism between prion and resveratrol as well as its derivatives were investigated using steady-state fluorescence quenching, Thioflavin T binding assay, western blotting and molecular dynamics simulation. Protein fluorescence quenching method and Thioflavin T assay revealed that resveratrol and its derivatives could interact with prion and interrupt prion fibrils formation...
August 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817221/neuroprotective-effects-of-honokiol-from-chemistry-to-medicine
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REVIEW
Sylwia Talarek, Joanna Listos, Davide Barreca, Ester Tellone, Antoni Sureda, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Nady Braidy, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
The incidence of neurological disorders is growing in developed countries together with increased lifespan. Nowadays, there are still no effective treatments for neurodegenerative pathologies, which make necessary to search for new therapeutic agents. Natural products, most of them used in traditional medicine, are considered promising alternatives for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Honokiol is a natural bioactive phenylpropanoid compound, belonging to the class of neolignan, found in notable amounts in the bark of Magnolia tree, and has been reported to exert diverse pharmacological properties including neuroprotective activities...
August 17, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817209/huntington-s-disease-a-clinical-review
#8
Peter McColgan, Sarah J Tabrizi
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fully penetrant neurodegenerative disease caused by a dominantly inherited CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion in the huntingtin gene on chromosome 4. In Western populations HD has a prevalence of 10.6-13.7 individuals per 100,000. It is characterised by cognitive, motor and psychiatric disturbance. At the cellular level mutant huntingtin results in neuronal dysfunction and death through a number of mechanisms, including disruption of proteostasis, transcription and mitochondrial function and direct toxicity of the mutant protein...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817120/the-erythropoietin-derived-peptide-mk-x-and-erythropoietin-have-neuroprotective-effects-against-ischemic-brain-damage
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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/28816645/a-systems-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-using-biochemical-systems-theory
#10
Hemalatha Sasidharakurup, Nidheesh Melethadathil, Bipin Nair, Shyam Diwakar
Parkinson's disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder, affects millions of people and has gained attention because of its clinical roles affecting behaviors related to motor and nonmotor symptoms. Although studies on PD from various aspects are becoming popular, few rely on predictive systems modeling approaches. Using Biochemical Systems Theory (BST), this article attempts to model and characterize dopaminergic cell death and understand pathophysiology of progression of PD. PD pathways were modeled using stochastic differential equations incorporating law of mass action, and initial concentrations for the modeled proteins were obtained from literature...
August 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816110/reduced-beta-amyloid-sensitivity-for-platelet-monocyte-aggregates-in-edta-blood-of-alzheimer-patients
#11
Michaela Defrancesco, Josef Marksteiner, Christian Humpel
Alzheimer´s disease (AD) is a severe neurodegenerative brain disorder characterized by beta-amyloid plaques, Tau pathology, inflammation, neurodegeneration, and cerebrovascular dysfunction. Besides that, alterations in monocytes and platelets have been reported in the blood of Alzheimer patients. In the present study, we measured circulating levels of platelet-monocyte aggregates in EDTA blood of cognitively healthy participants and 40 AD patients, and examined their changes induced by stimulation with beta-amyloid peptides...
August 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815699/application-of-the-condensed-protocol-for-the-nia-aa-guidelines-for-the-neuropathologic-assessment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-an-academic-clinical-practice
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Rajnish Bharadwaj, Patrick J Cimino, Margaret E Flanagan, Caitlin S Latimer, Luis F Gonzalez-Cuyar, Gordana Juric-Sekhar, Thomas J Montine, Desiree A Marshall, C Dirk Keene
AIMS: In response to concerns regarding resource expenditures required to fully implement the 2012 NIA-AA Sponsored Guidelines for the neuropathologic assessment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), we previously developed a sensitive and cost-reducing Condensed Protocol (CP) at the University of Washington (UW) Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) that consolidated the recommended NIA-AA protocol into fewer cassettes requiring fewer immunohistochemical stains. The CP was not designed to replace NIA-AA protocols, but instead to make the NIA-AA criteria accessible to clinical and forensic neuropathology practices where resources limit full implementation of NIA-AA guidelines...
August 16, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815529/mitochondrial-associated-membranes-in-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Nobutaka Hattori, Taku Arano, Taku Hatano, Akio Mori, Yuzuru Imai
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, with ageing being a major risk factor. Accordingly, estimates predict an increasing number of PD patients due to our expanding life span. Consequently, developing a true disease-modifying therapy is necessary. In this regard, monogenic PD offers a suitable means for determining pathogenesis. Among monogenic forms of PD, mitochondrial dysfunction may be a major cause and is also likely to be involved in sporadic PD. Thus, mitochondrial impairment may be a common pathway...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815518/organelle-communication-at-membrane-contact-sites-mcs-from-curiosity-to-center-stage-in-cell-biology-and-biomedical-research
#14
Thomas Simmen, Mitsuo Tagaya
Cell biology has long recognized that organelles can communicate with each other. Initially, such communication was thought to occur primarily via vesicular trafficking between biochemically distinct organelles. However, studies starting in the 1970s on lipid metabolism have unearthed another way how organelles can communicate and have spawned the field of membrane contact sites (MCS). While, initially, MCS had been recognized as fluid entities that mediate lipid and ion transport in an ad hoc manner, more recently MCS have been found to depend on protein-protein interactions that control themselves a variety of MCS functions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815114/an-exploration-of-latent-structure-in-observational-huntington-s-disease-studies
#15
Soumya Ghosh, Zhaonan Sun, Ying Li, Yu Cheng, Amrita Mohan, Cristina Sampaio, Jianying Hu
Huntington's disease (HD) is a monogenic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive decay of motor and cognitive abilities accompanied by psychiatric episodes. Tracking and modeling the progression of the multi-faceted clinical symptoms of HD is a challenging problem that has important implications for staging of HD patients and the development of improved enrollment criteria for future HD studies and trials. In this paper, we describe the first steps towards this goal. We begin by curating data from four recent observational HD studies, each containing a diverse collection of clinical assessments...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815019/therapeutic-potential-of-systemic-brain-rejuvenation-strategies-for-neurodegenerative-disease
#16
REVIEW
Alana M Horowitz, Saul A Villeda
Neurodegenerative diseases are a devastating group of conditions that cause progressive loss of neuronal integrity, affecting cognitive and motor functioning in an ever-increasing number of older individuals. Attempts to slow neurodegenerative disease advancement have met with little success in the clinic; however, a new therapeutic approach may stem from classic interventions, such as caloric restriction, exercise, and parabiosis. For decades, researchers have reported that these systemic-level manipulations can promote major functional changes that extend organismal lifespan and healthspan...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814983/honey-propolis-and-royal-jelly-a-comprehensive-review-of-their-biological-actions-and-health-benefits
#17
REVIEW
Visweswara Rao Pasupuleti, Lakhsmi Sammugam, Nagesvari Ramesh, Siew Hua Gan
BACKGROUND: There are several health benefits that honeybee products such as honey, propolis, and royal jelly claim toward various types of diseases in addition to being food. SCOPE AND APPROACH: In this paper, the effects of honey, propolis, and royal jelly on different metabolic diseases, cancers, and other diseases have been reviewed. The modes of actions of these products have also been illustrated for purposes of better understanding. KEY FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: An overview of honey, propolis, and royal jelly and their biological potentials was highlighted...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814578/genetic-human-prion-disease-modelled-in-prp-transgenic-drosophila
#18
Alana M Thackray, Alzbeta Cardova, Hanna Wolf, Lydia Pradl, Ina Vorberg, Walker S Jackson, Raymond Bujdoso
Inherited human prion diseases, such as FFI and familial CJD (fCJD), are associated with autosomal dominant mutations in the human prion protein gene PRNP and accumulation of PrPSc, an abnormal isomer of the normal host protein PrPC, in the brain of affected individuals. PrPSc is the principal component of the transmissible neurotoxic prion agent. It is important to identify molecular pathways and cellular processes that regulate prion formation and prion-induced neurotoxicity. This will allow identification of possible therapeutic interventions for individuals with, or at risk from, genetic human prion disease...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814543/loss-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-signaling-is-protective-in-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-disease
#19
Claire E Le Pichon, William J Meilandt, Sara Dominguez, Hilda Solanoy, Han Lin, Hai Ngu, Alvin Gogineni, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Zhiyu Jiang, Seung-Hye Lee, Janice Maloney, Vineela D Gandham, Christine D Pozniak, Bei Wang, Sebum Lee, Michael Siu, Snahel Patel, Zora Modrusan, Xingrong Liu, York Rudhard, Miriam Baca, Amy Gustafson, Josh Kaminker, Richard A D Carano, Eric J Huang, Oded Foreman, Robby Weimer, Kimberly Scearce-Levie, Joseph W Lewcock
Hallmarks of chronic neurodegenerative disease include progressive synaptic loss and neuronal cell death, yet the cellular pathways that underlie these processes remain largely undefined. We provide evidence that dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) is an essential regulator of the progressive neurodegeneration that occurs in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. We demonstrate that DLK/c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling was increased in mouse models and human patients with these disorders and that genetic deletion of DLK protected against axon degeneration, neuronal loss, and functional decline in vivo...
August 16, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814238/structural-insights-for-drugs-developed-for-phospholipase-d-enzymes
#20
Kimberly Stieglitz
BACKGROUND: In recent years human phospholipase D enzymes (PLD1 and PLD2 isozymes) have emerged as drug targets for various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The interest in PLD as a drug target is due to the fact that PLD enzymes belong to a superfamily of phospholipases that are essential to intracellular and extracellular signaling. Many bioactive lipid signaling molecules are generated by these enzymes including phosphatidic and lysophosphatidic acid, arachidonic acid, and diacylglycerol (DAG)...
August 15, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
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