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Le Kang, Mingsan Miao, Ming Bai, Shuo Tian
Objective: To study the protective effect of total flavonoid in rabdosia rubescens on BIT model by brain ischemic tolerance (hereinafter BIT) model of mice. Method: BIT model is used to block bilateral common carotid arteries and to copy BIT model of mice. After 10 min of transient ischemia for rats in preconditioning group, the mice in the nimodipine group and naoluotong capsule group were given the total flavonoid in rabdosia rubescens (300 mg/kg, 150 mg/kg, 75 mg/kg) for gavage, sham operation group, ischemia/reperfusion injury (hereinafter IRI) group and BIT group were fed with the same volume of 0...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Vinayak Narayan, Hima Pendharkar, Bhagavatula Indira Devi, Dhananjaya I Bhat, Dhaval P Shukla
Background: The conventional medical management of cerebral vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with uncertainty of outcome and complications. Aims and Objectives: To examine the effect of direct intra-arterial nimodipine therapy on outcome in patients with delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). Settings and Design: The retrospective observational study was conducted at a single neurosurgical unit and interventional neuroradiolgy suite of a center managing SAH...
March 2018: Neurology India
Chenhao Zhang, Shuqin Zhao, Yanjing Zang, Weidong Zhao, Qin Song, Shanshan Feng, Lei Hu, Fang Gu
Objective Cerebral vasospasm(CVS) after Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can cause delayed cerebral ischemia,secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage, which are the leading causes of mutilation and death. Nimodipine has been shown to prevent CVS. Magnesium ion (Mg2+ ) can competitively inhibit the influx of calcium (Ca2+ ) and prevent vasospasm. There is evidence that magnesium sulfate can prevent CVS and reduce infarct volume after SAH. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of intravenous magnesium sulfate combined with oral nimodipine on CVS, delayed cerebral ischemia, secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage after SAH...
April 2018: Neurological Research
Heran Li, Haiting Li, Chen Wei, Jia Ke, Jing Li, Lu Xu, Hongzhuo Liu, Yangyang, Sanming Li, Mingshi Yang
In this study, spherical shaped chiral mesoporous silica nanoparticles (CMS) was biomimetic synthesized using histidine derivatives (C16 -L-histidine) as template via the sol-gel reaction and employed as poorly water-soluble drug nimodipine (NMP) carrier. Characteristics of CMS and its application as drug carrier were intensively investigated and compared with MCM41. Then NMP was respectively loaded into CMS and MCM41 with the drug: carrier weight ratio of 2:1. Structural features of NMP before and after drug loading were systemically characterized...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jia Song, Xue Wang, Yu Huang, Yidi Qu, Guirong Zhang, Di Wang
Marasmius androsaceus is a medicinal fungus mainly used to treat various forms of pain in China. This study investigated the analgesic effects of an ethanol extract of M. androsaceus (MAE) and its potential molecular mechanisms. Oral administration of MAE (50, 200, and 1000 mg/kg) had significant analgesic effects in an acid-induced writhing test, a formalin test, and a hot-plate test, with effectiveness similar to tramadol (the positive control drug). The autonomic activity test showed that MAE had no harmful effects on the central nervous system in mice...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Cheng-Hwang Perng, Yue-Cune Chang, Ruu-Fen Tzang
OBJECTIVE: No cure is currently available for dementia; however, various treatments and interventions have been reported to be effective. The factors influencing the efficacy of dementia treatment have not been comprehensively evaluated. This study evaluated the factors influencing treatment effects on cognitive dysfunction in dementia by comparing the results obtained from a meta-analysis based on meta-regression. METHODS: We searched for articles, clinical trials, and meta-analyses on the efficacy of pharmacotherapy or psychosocial treatment for dementia published between 2000 and 2016 in the MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane Library, SCOPUS, and Airiti Library databases...
March 3, 2018: Psychopharmacology
Cing-Yu Chen, Wen-Chuan Lin, Kar-Lok Wong, Ka-Shun Cheng, Yuk-Man Leung, Shu-Er Yang
Gossypol, a polyphenolic dialdehyde toxin isolated from cotton seed, has anti-cancer activities and has recently shown some success to treat glioma. Its effects on brain neurons and blood vessels are poorly understood. In this work we examined the effects of gossypol on cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ) of mouse brain bEND.3 endothelial cells. Cell viability tests revealed that after 3-h and 18-h exposures, 10 μM gossypol caused 23 and 65% cell death, respectively; 3 μM gossypol caused no and 21% death, respectively...
March 1, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Yan-Ping Luo, Hong Zhang, Han-Fei Hu, Ze-Yu Cao, Xin-Zhuang Zhang, Liang Cao, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Wei Xiao
To investigate the protective effects of ginkgo diterpene lactone meglumine injection (GDLMI) on cerebral focal ischemia reperfusion injury induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats, and explore its possible mechanism. One hundred and forty male SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation group, model group, ginkgo biloba extract injection (Ginaton, 1.0 mL•kg⁻¹) group, nimodipine (0.4 mg•kg⁻¹) group, and GDLMI (5.2, 2.6, 1.3 mg•kg⁻¹) groups; All of rats received corresponding drugs by tail vein injection 4 days before operation (normal saline in model group and sham operation group)...
December 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Ljubisa Borota, Ehab Mahmoud, Christoffer Nyberg, Anders Lewén, Per Enblad, Elisabeth Ronne-Engström
The aim of this study was to describe our experience in the treatment of various pathological conditions of the cranial and spinal blood vessels and hypervascularized lesions using dual lumen balloon catheters. Twenty-five patients were treated with endovascular techniques: two with vasospasm of cerebral blood vessels caused by subarachnoid hemorrhage, one with a hypervascularized metastasis in the vertebral body, two with spinal dural fistula, four with cerebral dural fistula, three with cerebral arteriovenous malformations, and 13 with aneurysms...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Jens Ingwersen, Lorenzo De Santi, Britta Wingerath, Jonas Graf, Barbara Koop, Reiner Schneider, Christina Hecker, Friederike Schröter, Mary Bayer, Anna Dorothee Engelke, Michael Dietrich, Philipp Albrecht, Hans-Peter Hartung, Pasquale Annunziata, Orhan Aktas, Tim Prozorovski
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by inflammatory neurodegeneration, with axonal injury and neuronal cell death occurring in parallel to demyelination. Regarding the molecular mechanisms responsible for demyelination and axonopathy, energy failure, aberrant expression of ion channels and excitotoxicity have been suggested to lead to Ca2+ overload and subsequent activation of calcium-dependent damage pathways. Thus, the inhibition of Ca2+ influx by pharmacological modulation of Ca2+ channels may represent a novel neuroprotective strategy in the treatment of secondary axonopathy...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Jiaqi Zhang, Qingzhong Jia, Jinlong Qi, Hailin Zhang, Yaru Wu, Xiaowei Shi
QO-58 lysine (QO-58L) as a new potassium channel opener, reported to have a potential activity to cure neuropathic pain. The aim of this research is to develop and validate a high-performance liquid chromatography with tandem spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the quantification of QO-58L in rat urine, feces and bile. In addition, analyze and identify the metabolites in urine and bile. The assay for this compound in samples detected with multiple reaction monitoring mode (MRM), and take nimodipine as internal standards (IS)...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yin Jia, Qin Qin, Chao-Ping Fang, Wei Shen, Ting-Ting Sun, Yuan-Lan Huang, Wen-Jie Li, An-Mei Deng
The aim of the current study was to understand the mechanisms of apoptosis occurring in cultured human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) following ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation. The investigations intended to confirm the presence of apoptosis and to reveal the roles of oxidative stress, calcium (Ca2+), c‑Jun NH2‑terminal kinase (JNK)1/2, and extracellular signal‑regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 signaling pathway in these progresses. Cell apoptosis, ROS generation and intracellular Ca2+ concentration was measured by flow cytometry...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Alpana Singh, Poonam Verma, Anu Raju, Kochupurackal P Mohanakumar
We have recently demonstrated neuroprotective abilities of nimodipine, an L-type voltage dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blocker in cellular and animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD). To understand the calcium regulatory mechanisms in the disease pathogenesis, the present study examined calcium regulatory proteins calbindin and calpain mRNA and protein levels employing quantitative PCR and western blot in 1-methyl-4-phenyl pyridinium ion (MPP+)-treated SH-SY5Y cell lines and in the striatum of mice treated with 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Zhenning Liu, Jiangtao Sheng, Guoyi Peng, Jinhua Yang, Weiqiang Chen, Kangsheng Li
Central nervous system (CNS) diseases can cause a series of neuronal lesions, which may be improved by the anti-apoptotic neuroprotection of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1). In neurons, L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCC) are mainly composed of Cav1.2 subunits. Given the implication of TGF-β1 in numerous CNS diseases, we examined the neuroprotective effects of TGF-β1 on the Cav1.2 channel in the CNS. To simulate acute mechanical traumatic brain injury (TBI), we used a needle to create parallel scratches across plates, which were cultured for 9 h...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Ivan Kopljar, An N Hermans, Ard Teisman, David J Gallacher, Hua Rong Lu
INTRODUCTION: Calcium-based screening of hiPS-CMs is a useful preclinical safety evaluation platform with the ability to generate robust signals that facilitates high-throughput screening and data analysis. However, due to the potential inherent toxicities, it is important to understand potential effects of different calcium-sensitive dyes on the hiPS-CMs model. METHODS: We compared three calcium-sensitive fluorescence dyes (Cal520, ACTOne and Calcium 5) for their impact on the variability, the beating properties and the pharmacological responses of hiPS-CMs using the Hamamatsu FDSS/μCell imaging platform...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
David von der Ahe, Petra Huehnchen, Mustafa Balkaya, Sarah Peruzzaro, Matthias Endres, Wolfgang Boehmerle
Suramin is a trypan blue analogon originally developed to treat protozoan infections, which was found to have diverse antitumor effects. One of the most severe side effects in clinical trials was the development of a peripheral sensory-motor polyneuropathy. In this study, we aimed to investigate suramin-induced neuropathy with a focus on calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis as a potential pathomechanism. Adult C57Bl/6 mice treated with a single injection of 250 mg/kg bodyweight suramin developed locomotor and sensory deficits, which were confirmed by electrophysiological measurements showing a predominantly sensory axonal-demyelinating polyneuropathy...
February 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yaping Huang, Sisi Zhang, Huifen Shen, Jinqing Li, Chongkai Gao
The present study was intended to develop a controlled released osmotic pump capsule based on Nimodipine (NM)-loaded self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDSs) in order to improve the low oral bioavailability of NM. To optimize the NM-loaded SMEDDS composition, the experiments of NM solubility in different oils, the pseudo-ternary phase diagram experiments and the different drug loading experiments were conducted in the preliminary screening studies. Controlled release of NM required an osmotic pump capsule comprising a coated semi-permeable capsule shell, plasticizer, and pore-forming agent...
January 16, 2018: AAPS PharmSciTech
Hui-Yuan Zhu, Yu-Long Bie, Jiang Wang, Jing Gao, Bing-Yue Yang, Hai-Tong Wan
Objective To study the protective effect of agrimony extracts from different extracting methods on cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats, in order to optimize the extraction scheme of agrimony. Methods Male rats were randomly assigned into seven groups: 1. Sham-operated group, 2. Untreated MCAO group (MCAO), 3. Petroleum ether extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (PEA), 4. Ethyl acetate extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (EAEA), 5. Ethanol extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (EEA), 6...
December 30, 2017: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Shun Zou, Mingxiong Zhang, Limei Feng, Yuanfang Zhou, Li Li, Lili Ban
The objective of this study was to investigate the protective effect of notoginsenoside R1 (NGR1) on cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury (CIRI) in rats, and its molecular mechanism, to provide new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of CIRI. Sixty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups including the sham-operation group (Sham), cerebral ischemia-reperfusion model group (CIR), NGR1 treatment group (NGR1), and nimodipine positive control group (NDC) with 15 rats each. Bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion was used to establish the rat CIRI model...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
P Mattsson, A Frostell, G Björck, J K E Persson, R Hakim, J Zedenius, M Svensson
BACKGROUND: Transection injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) has been associated with permanent vocal fold palsy, and treatment has been limited to voice therapy or local treatment of vocal folds. Microsurgical repair has been reported to induce a better function. The calcium channel antagonist nimodipine improves functional recovery after experimental nerve injury and also after cranial nerve injury in patients. This study aims to present voice outcome in patients who underwent repair of the RLN and received nimodipine during regeneration...
December 28, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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