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Mathieu Verdurand, Elise Levigoureux, Sophie Lancelot, Waël Zeinyeh, Thierry Billard, Isabelle Quadrio, Armand Perret-Liaudet, Luc Zimmer, Fabien Chauveau
The accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein ( α -syn) in multiple brain regions is a neuropathological hallmark of synucleinopathies. Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a synucleinopathy characterized by the predominant cerebral accumulation of aggregated α -syn as cytoplasmic glial inclusions (CGI). A premortem diagnosis tool would improve early diagnosis and help monitoring disease progression and therapeutic efficacy. One Positron Emission Tomography (PET) study suggested [11 C]BF-227 as a promising radiotracer for monitoring intracellular α -syn deposition in MSA patients...
2018: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
Peng Liu, Teng-Fei Zhou, Bao-An Qiu, Ying-Xiang Yang, Yong-Jian Zhu, Yang An, Wen-Chao Zhao, Yin-Tao Wu, Peng-Fei Ma, Jing-Bo Li, Nian-Xin Xia
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is one of the most common hepatic and biliary malignancies, accounting for about 3% of all gastrointestinal tumors. GATA5 is a transcription factor capable of suppressing the development of various human cancer types. Transcriptional inactivation and CpG island (CGI) methylation of GATA3 and GATA5, two members of the GATA family of transcription factors, have been observed in some human cancers. But whether high-density CGI methylation of GATA5 is associated with the clinical course of CCA patients has not been clarified...
March 13, 2018: Translational Oncology
Richard S E Keefe, George Nomikos, Wei Zhong, Michael Cronquist Christensen, William Jacobson
Background: We evaluated vortioxetine's effects on functional capacity in demographic and clinical subgroups of patients with major depressive disorder. Methods: This was an exploratory analysis of the CONNECT study (NCT01564862) that evaluated changes in functional capacity using University of California San Diego Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA) data, categorized by sex, age, education, employment status, and baseline disease severity (Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale [MADRS], Clinical Global Impressions-Severity of Illness [CGI-S])...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Graziela de Sá Machado Araújo, Ronaldo da Silva Francisco Junior, Cristina Dos Santos Ferreira, Pedro Thyago Mozer Rodrigues, Douglas Terra Machado, Thais Louvain de Souza, Jozimara Teixeira de Souza, Cleiton Figueiredo Osorio da Silva, Antônio Francisco Alves da Silva, Claudia Caixeta Franco Andrade, Alan Tardin da Silva, Victor Ramos, Ana Beatriz Garcia, Filipe Brum Machado, Enrique Medina-Acosta
A hallmark of imprinted genes in mammals is the occurrence of parent-of-origin-dependent asymmetry of DNA cytosine methylation (5m C) of alleles at CpG islands (CGIs) in their promoter regions. This 5m CpG asymmetry between the parental alleles creates allele-specific imprinted differentially methylated regions (iDMRs). iDMRs are often coupled to the transcriptional repression of the methylated allele and the activation of the unmethylated allele in a tissue-specific, developmental-stage-specific and/or isoform-specific fashion...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Laura M Scorr, Michael R Silver, John Hanfelt, Elaine Sperin, Alan Freeman, H A Jinnah, Stewart A Factor
Oromandibular dystonia (OMD) causes involuntary movements of masticatory and lingual muscles impairing eating, speaking, and swallowing. Treatment options are limited. The objective of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of abobotulinumtoxinA (aboBoNTA) in OMD. A dose-finding study (phase 1) followed by a single session, prospective, single-blind trial (phase 2) was carried out. OMD subjects were evaluated at baseline, 6 and 12 weeks. Muscles injected were tailored to individual symptoms using EMG guidance, but the aboBoNTA dose for each muscle was pre-specified based on phase 1 results...
March 14, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Masaki Okazaki, Daijo Inaguma, Takahiro Imaizumi, Akiko Kada, Takaaki Yaomura, Naotake Tsuboi, Shoichi Maruyama
BACKGROUND: Patients with late referral and positive history of volume overload may have a poor prognosis after initiating dialysis due to insufficient and/or inadequate management of complications of renal failure and the lack of better dialysis preparation. Little is known about the influence of the relationship between history of volume overload and late referral on prognosis. METHODS: We analyzed 1475 patients who had initiated dialysis for the first time from October 2011 to September 2013...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Naser Ahmadi, Fereshteh Hajsadeghi, Vahid Nabavi, Garth Olango, Mohammed Molla, Matthew Budoff, Nutan Vaidya, Javier Quintana, Robert Pynoos, Peter Hauser, Rachel Yehuda
OBJECTIVE: Coronary-distensibility-index (CDI) impairments reflect endothelial-dependent process associated with vulnerable-plaque composition. This study investigates the relation of impaired-CDI with posttraumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) and their predictive value for major-adverse-cardiovascular events (MACE). METHODS: This study involved 246 patients (age: 63±10 years, 12% women) with (n=50) and without (n=196) PTSD, who underwent computed-tomography angiography (CTA) to determine coronary artery disease (CAD) and CDI...
March 14, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
Samuel Beck, Catherine Rhee, Jawon Song, Bum-Kyu Lee, Lucy LeBlanc, Laurie Cannon, Jonghwan Kim
CpG islands (CGIs) have long been implicated in the regulation of vertebrate gene expression. However, the involvement of CGIs in chromosomal architectures and associated gene expression regulations has not yet been thoroughly explored. By combining large-scale integrative data analyses and experimental validations, we show that CGIs clearly reconcile two competing models explaining nuclear gene localizations. We first identify CGI-containing (CGI+) and CGI-less (CGI-) genes are non-randomly clustered within the genome, which reflects CGI-dependent spatial gene segregation in the nucleus and corresponding gene regulatory modes...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Zeinab Khoobbakht, Mehrdad Mohammadi, Mohammad Roostaei-Ali Mehr, Fahimeh Mohammadghasemi, Mohammad Mehdi Sohani
The objective was to examine the effect of different dietary zinc sources on reproduction of male Japanese quail. A total of 512 quail chicks (day-old) were divided into four groups with four replications for a period of 42 days. After this period, excess chicks were removed to attain the ratio of one male to three females and 16 quail in each subgroup. At 52 to 60 d of age, the eggs were collected and incubated. The basal diet (control) contained no zinc and the other three experimental diets were supplemented with 25 and 50 mg/kg zinc from zinc oxide (ZnO), zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONP) and zinc-methionine (Zn-Met) for 1 to 35 and 36 to 60 days, respectively...
February 23, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Yun Jia, Hong Li, Jingfeng Wang, Hu Meng, Zhenhua Yang
The spectra of k-mer frequencies can reveal the structures and evolution of genome sequences. We confirmed that the trimodal spectrum of 8-mers in human genome sequences is distinguished only by CG2, CG1 and CG0 8-mer sets respectively. This phenomenon is called independent selection law. The three types of CG 8-mers were considered as different functional elements. We conjectured that (1) nucleosome binding motifs are mainly characterized by CG1 8-mers and (2) the core structural units of CpG island sequences are predominantly characterized by CG2 8-mers...
March 6, 2018: Genomics
Yasuhiro Hijikata, Masahisa Katsuno, Keisuke Suzuki, Atsushi Hashizume, Amane Araki, Shinichiro Yamada, Tomonori Inagaki, Daisuke Ito, Akihiro Hirakawa, Fumie Kinoshita, Masahiko Gosho, Gen Sobue
BACKGROUND: Although spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) has been classified as a motor neuron disease, several reports have indicated the primary involvement of skeletal muscle in the pathogenesis of this devastating disease. Recent studies reported decreased intramuscular creatine levels in skeletal muscles in both patients with SBMA and transgenic mouse models of SBMA, which appears to contribute to muscle weakness. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to examine the efficacy and safety of oral creatine supplementation to improve motor function in patients with SBMA...
March 5, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Juntaro Deyama, Takamitsu Nakamura, Yukio Saito, Jun-Ei Obata, Daisuke Fujioka, Kazuto Nakamura, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kiyotaka Kugiyama
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of coronary artery spasm (CAS) inducible by intracoronary injection of acetylcholine (ACh) is high in survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Although there is a potential risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with CAS, the prognostic value of CAS was not clear. Thus, this study examined the effect of CAS on long-term prognosis in survivors of AMI in a prospective manner. METHODS: The study included a total of 437 patients with AMI who underwent a CAS provocation test using ACh...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Tom Vermeulen, Lieve Lemey, Linda Van Diermen, Didier Schrijvers, Yamina Madani, Bernard Sabbe, Maarten J A Van Den Bossche, Roos C van der Mast, Søren D Østergaard
OBJECTIVES: According to a recent study, ratings on the Psychotic Depression Assessment Scale (PDAS) obtained via a dedicated semi-structured interview are valid measures of the severity of psychotic depression. This study aimed to further test the validity, scalability and responsiveness of the PDAS in older adults using independent ratings on the Clinical Global Impression Scale - Severity (CGI-S) and the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) as references. METHODS: Ratings were performed at admission and discharge at two old age psychiatric wards in Flanders, Belgium...
March 4, 2018: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Amanda K Kitten, Sarah A Hallowell, Stephen R Saklad, Kirk E Evoy
Objective : Pimavanserin is the first United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). This article reviews the safety, efficacy, and pharmacology data for pimavanserin and its role in therapy. Method of Research: Initial literature sources were identified via MEDLINE search (1946-September 2016) of pimavanserin and ACP-103 (original molecular designation). Reference review and search of and yielded additional studies. English-language studies of pimavanserin for PDP were evaluated...
February 1, 2018: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Leslie Citrome, Judith C Kando, Caleb Bliss
Objectives: In two Phase III studies, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) reduced binge eating (BE) days/week in adults with moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) and was associated with improvement based on the Clinical Global Impressions-Improvement (CGI-I) scale. In this study, post hoc analyses examined the relationships between clinical observations and clinical rating scales in individuals with BED. Clinical trial registration: NCT01718483 (ClinicalTrials...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
B Awede, S Lawani, G Adehan, J Akakpo, E Dossou, M Amoussou-Guenou, F Djrolo
The present study was carried out to determine glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in adult subjects of a west African population. 103 subjects recruited in the town of Cotonou were included in the study. After anthropometric measurement, they were subjected to an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Serum glucose and insulin levels were determined throughout the OGTT. Homeostatic model of assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), MATSUDA insulin sensitivity index (MATSUDA-ISI) and insulinogenic index (IGI) have been determined to evaluate insulin sensitivity and beta cells function...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Lawson R Wulsin, Thomas J Blom, Michelle Durling, Jeffrey A Welge, Melissa P DelBello, Caleb M Adler, Robert K McNamara, Stephen M Strakowski
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the present study were to characterize cardiometabolic risk factors in a cohort of bipolar disorder patients with limited exposure to psychotropic medications, and to evaluate their associations with mood symptoms and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) blood levels. METHODS: Cardiometabolic risk assessments were compared in individuals with bipolar I disorder experiencing a first manic or mixed episode or an early depressive episode (n=117) and healthy subjects (n=56)...
February 26, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Flora M Hammond, William Sauve, Fred Ledon, Charles Davis, Andrea E Formella
BACKGROUND: Dextromethorphan 20mg /quinidine 10mg (DM/Q) was approved to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA) based upon phase 3 trials conducted in participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or multiple sclerosis. PRISM II evaluated DM/Q effectiveness, safety and tolerability for PBA following stroke, dementia or traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVE: To report results from the TBI cohort of PRISM II, including a TBI-specific functional scale. DESIGN: Open-label trial evaluating twice daily DM/Q over 90 days...
February 22, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Giulio Perugi, Giulia Vannucchi, Margherita Barbuti, Giuseppe Maccariello, Andrea De Bartolomeis, Andrea Fagiolini, Giuseppe Maina
This observational study aimed to identify internal (clinical-demographic, temperamental characteristics) and external (childhood trauma, psychosocial characteristics) factors potentially predicting remission at 12 weeks in bipolar-I patients experiencing manic episode and requiring to start or switch treatment with oral antipsychotics and/or mood stabilizers. The following scales were administered: the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), the Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST), and the Clinical Global Impression for Bipolar Disorders (CGI-BP)...
February 20, 2018: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
Jake R Saklatvala, Nick Dand, Michael A Simpson
The genetic diagnosis of rare monogenic diseases using exome/genome sequencing requires the true causal variant(s) to be identified from tens of thousands of observed variants. Typically a virtual gene panel approach is taken whereby only variants in genes known to cause phenotypes resembling the patient under investigation are considered. With the number of known monogenic gene-disease pairs exceeding 5000, manual curation of personalised virtual panels using exhaustive knowledge of the genetic basis of the human monogenic phenotypic spectrum is challenging...
February 20, 2018: Human Mutation
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