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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140815/neuroimaging-diagnostic-and-monitoring-approaches-in-ophthalmology
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Bart K Chwalisz, Marc A Bouffard, Sashank Prasad, Dean M Cestari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review new applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology in neuro-ophthalmology. We also describe new technologies for visualizing the extracranial vessels in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA). RECENT FINDINGS: Newer OCT modalities are expanding the evaluation of the optic disc, and are being applied to a number of neurologic conditions such as demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease. Swept-source OCT and enhanced-depth imaging OCT are refining the fine-grained analysis of the optic nerve head in the diagnosis of papilledema and optic nerve drusen...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138115/active-forms-of-akt-and-erk-are-dominant-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-newborn-pigs-that-are-unaffected-by-asphyxia
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Viktória Kovács, Valéria Tóth-Szűki, János Németh, Viktória Varga, Gábor Remzső, Ferenc Domoki
AIMS: Perinatal asphyxia (PA) often results in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in term neonates. Introduction of therapeutic hypothermia improved HIE outcome, but further neuroprotective therapies are still warranted. The present study sought to determine the feasibility of the activation of the cytoprotective PI-3-K/Akt and the MAPK/ERK signaling pathways in the subacute phase of HIE development in a translational newborn pig PA/HIE model. MAIN METHODS: Phosphorylated and total levels of Akt and ERK were determined by Western blotting in brain samples obtained from untreated naive, time control, and PA/HIE animals at 24-48h survival (n=3-3-6,respectively)...
November 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137141/steroid-and-xenobiotic-receptor-signalling-in-apoptosis-and-autophagy-of-the-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Wnuk, Małgorzata Kajta
Apoptosis and autophagy are involved in neural development and in the response of the nervous system to a variety of insults. Apoptosis is responsible for cell elimination, whereas autophagy can eliminate the cells or keep them alive, even in conditions lacking trophic factors. Therefore, both processes may function synergistically or antagonistically. Steroid and xenobiotic receptors are regulators of apoptosis and autophagy; however, their actions in various pathologies are complex. In general, the estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR), and mineralocorticoid (MR) receptors mediate anti-apoptotic signalling, whereas the androgen (AR) and glucocorticoid (GR) receptors participate in pro-apoptotic pathways...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129468/inhibition-of-rac1-ameliorates-neuronal-oxidative-stress-damage-via-reducing-bcl-2-rac1-complex-formation-in-mitochondria-through-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
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Yundan Pan, Na Wang, Pingping Xia, E Wang, Qulian Guo, Zhi Ye
Although the neuroprotective effects of Rac1 inhibition have been reported in various cerebral ischemic models, the molecular mechanisms of action have not yet been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigated whether the inhibition of Rac1 provided neuroprotection in a diabetic rat model of focal cerebral ischemia and hyperglycemia-exposed PC-12 cells. Intracerebroventricular administration of lentivirus expressing the Rac1 small hairpin RNA (shRNA) and specific Rac1 inhibitor NSC23766 not only decreased the infarct volumes and improved neurologic deficits with a correlated significant activation of mitochondrial DNA specific proteins, such as OGG1 and POLG, but also elevated Bcl-2 S70 phosphorylation in mitochondria...
November 9, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128400/strong-modulation-of-nitrite-reductase-activity-of-cytoglobin-by-disulfide-bond-oxidation-implications-for-nitric-oxide-homeostasis
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Brandon J Reeder, John Ukeri
Globin-mediated nitric oxide (NO) dioxygenase and nitrite reductase activities have been proposed to serve protective functions within the cell by scavenging or generating NO respectively. Cytoglobin has rapid NO dioxygenase activity, similar to other globins, however, the apparent rates of nitrite reductase activity have been reported as slow or negligible. Here we report that the activity of cytoglobin nitrite reductase activity is strongly dependent on the oxidation state of the two surface-exposed cysteine residues...
November 8, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127493/late-sodium-current-associated-cardiac-electrophysiological-and-mechanical-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Shandong Yu, Gang Li, Christopher L-H Huang, Ming Lei, Lin Wu
Late sodium current (INaL) is a small sustained inward current observed during the cardiac action potential plateau phase following decay of the early peak INa. The endogenous INaL is relatively small in normal hearts but exerts functionally significant effects on cardiomyocyte repolarization with potentially pro-arrhythmic effects in hearts with reduced repolarization reserve. Enhanced INa,L occurs in long QT syndrome 3 (LQTS 3) patients, and under a number of pathological and pharmacological cardiovascular conditions, including bradycardia, myocardial ischemia, reperfusion injury, and heart failure...
November 10, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124121/patients-comorbidities-reduce-the-clinical-value-of-emergency-colonoscopy-results-of-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Cristiano Cremone, Anouk Esch, Charlotte Gagniere, Alessandro Fugazza, Faria Mesli, Michael Levy, Aurelien Amiot, Alexis Laurent, Yann LeBaleur, Francois Hemery, Nicolas De'Angelis, Francesco Brunetti, Iradj Sobhani
Background and study aims:  Urgent endoscopy is often used to diagnose and sometimes treat acute upper gastrointestinal syndromes (hemorrhage, toxic ingestion, and occlusion). However, its suitability concerning the management of lower gastrointestinal conditions in emergency circumstances is controversial. Patients and methods:  We studied the role of emergency colonoscopy in diagnosis and treatment of all consecutive patients presenting with acute lower gastrointestinal symptoms referred to our hospital on an emergency basis...
November 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123485/intensifying-functional-task-practice-to-meet-aerobic-training-guidelines-in-stroke-survivors
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Liam P Kelly, Augustine J Devasahayam, Arthur R Chaves, Elizabeth M Wallack, Jason McCarthy, Fabien A Basset, Michelle Ploughman
Objective: To determine whether stroke survivors could maintain workloads during functional task practice that can reach moderate levels of cardiometabolic stress (i.e., ≥40% oxygen uptake reserve ([Formula: see text]O2R) for ≥20 min) without the use of ergometer-based exercise. Design: Cross-sectional study using convenience sampling. Setting: Research laboratory in a tertiary rehabilitation hospital. Participants: Chronic hemiparetic stroke survivors (>6-months) who could provide consent and walk with or without assistance...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122628/a-novel-curcumin-derivative-for-the-treatment-of-diabetic-neuropathy
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Daniel J Daugherty, Alexandra Marquez, Nigel A Calcutt, David Schubert
Neuropathy is a common complication of long-term diabetes. Proposed mechanisms of neuronal damage caused by diabetes that are downstream of hyperglycemia and/or loss of insulin signaling include ischemic hypoxia, inflammation and loss of neurotrophic support. The curcumin derivative J147 is a potent neurogenic and neuroprotective drug candidate initially developed for the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions associated with aging that impacts many pathways implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic neuropathy...
November 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121035/ischemic-conditioning-of-human-heart-muscle-depends-on-opioid-receptor-system
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Marcin Kunecki, Tomasz Oleksy, Jolanta Biernat, Paweł Kukla, Katarzyna Szwajkos, Piotr Podolec, Marek Deja, Krzysztof Gołba, Wojciech Płazak
BACKGROUND: Despite progress in the invasive treatment of ischemic heart disease, the ability to limit ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury remains largely unrealized. Ischemic pre-conditioning (IPC) and post-conditioning (POC) induce the protective mechanisms of resistance against I/R injury. Stimulation of opioid receptors mimic the protective effect of IPC or POC in an animal models. We tested the hypothesis, that IPC and POC provide cardioprotection in opioid-dependent mechanism in human myocardium...
2017: Folia Medica Cracoviensia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120817/guiding-morphogenesis-in-cell-instructive-microgels-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
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A L Torres, S J Bidarra, M T Pinto, P C Aguiar, E A Silva, C C Barrias
Efficient cell delivery strategies are urgently needed to improve the outcome of cell-based pro-angiogenic therapies. This study describes the design of an injectable cell delivery platform, based on biomaterial-guided morphogenesis principles. Soft high-mannuronic acid alginate microgels, oxidized and functionalized with integrin-binding peptides, provided adequate biochemical/biomechanical cues for the co-assembly of mesenchymal stem cells and outgrowth endothelial cells (OEC) into pre-vascularized microtissues...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119457/dual-energy-computed-tomography-for-the-head
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REVIEW
Norihito Naruto, Toshihide Itoh, Kyo Noguchi
Dual energy CT (DECT) is a promising technology that provides better diagnostic accuracy in several brain diseases. DECT can generate various types of CT images from a single acquisition data set at high kV and low kV based on material decomposition algorithms. The two-material decomposition algorithm can separate bone/calcification from iodine accurately. The three-material decomposition algorithm can generate a virtual non-contrast image, which helps to identify conditions such as brain hemorrhage. A virtual monochromatic image has the potential to eliminate metal artifacts by reducing beam-hardening effects...
November 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115588/limb-remote-ischemic-post%C3%A2-conditioning-reduces-injury-and-improves-long%C3%A2-term-behavioral-recovery-in-rats-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-possible-involvement-of-the-autophagic-process
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Xiang Hu, Tao Lv, Shao-Feng Yang, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Yi-Feng Miao
Hemorrhage‑related neurologic injury is a primary cause of disability and mortality following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential neuroprotective effect and the possible role of autophagy in limb remote ischemic post‑conditioning (RIPostC) using an endovascular puncture rat model of SAH. RIPostC was induced by three cycles of occlusion (10 min) and release (10 min) in the bilateral femoral artery using an aneurysm clip. Early RIPostC began immediately following SAH, delayed RIPostC began following a 30 min delay and the repeated RIPostC group underwent the protocol every day for 3 days...
October 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113299/microrna-210-suppresses-glucocorticoid-receptor-expression-in-response-to-hypoxia-in-fetal-rat-cardiomyocytes
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Shannalee R Martinez, Qingyi Ma, Chiranjib Dasgupta, Xianmei Meng, Lubo Zhang
Hypoxia is a common intrauterine stressor, often resulting in intrauterine growth restriction and increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. The aim of this work was to test the hypothesis that microRNA-210 (miR-210) mediates the detrimental suppression of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in response to hypoxia in fetal rat cardiomyocytes. Cardiomyocytes isolated from gestational day 21 Sprague Dawley fetal rats showed increased miR-210 levels and reduced GR abundance after exposure to ex vivo hypoxia (1% O2)...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112534/il1%C3%AE-inhibition-contributes-to-the-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-voluntary-exercise-on-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-hypersensitivity
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Jessica L Ross, Luis F Queme, Jordan E Lamb, Kathryn J Green, Zachary K Ford, Michael P Jankowski
Issues of peripheral circulation have been increasingly suggested as an underlying cause of musculoskeletal pain in many conditions, including sickle cell anemia and peripheral vascular disease. We have previously shown in our model of transient ischemia and reperfusion injury (I/R) of the forelimb that individual group III and IV muscle afferents display altered chemosensitivity and mechanical thresholds 1 d following injury. Functional alterations corresponded to increased evoked and spontaneous pain-related behaviors and decreased muscle strength and voluntary activity-all actions that echo clinical symptoms of ischemic myalgia...
October 30, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110883/linear-and-nonlinear-parameters-of-heart-rate-variability-in-ischemic-stroke-patients
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V Constantinescu, D Matei, V Costache, D Cuciureanu, C Arsenescu-Georgescu
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular system presents cortical modulation. Post-stroke outcome can be highly influenced by autonomic nervous system disruption. Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a simple non-invasive method to assess sympatho-vagal balance. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate cardiac autonomic activity in ischemic stroke patients and to asses HRV nonlinear parameters beside linear ones. METHODS: We analyzed HRV parameters in 15 right and 15 left middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke patients, in rest condition and during challenge (standing and deep breathing)...
October 11, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110329/transplantation-of-feeder-free-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cortical-neuron-progenitors-in-adult-male-wistar-rats-with-focal-brain-ischemia
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Yulius Hermanto, Tadashi Sunohara, Ahmad Faried, Yasushi Takagi, Jun Takahashi, Takakuni Maki, Susumu Miyamoto
The use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) eliminates the ethical issues associated with fetal or embryonic materials, thus allowing progress in cell therapy research for ischemic stroke. Strict regulation of cell therapy development requires the xeno-free condition to eliminate clinical complications. Maintenance of hiPSCs with feeder-free condition presents a higher degree of spontaneous differentiation in comparison with conventional cultures. Therefore, feeder-free derivation might be not ideal for developing transplantable hiPSC derivatives...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108842/increased-risk-of-multimorbidity-in-patients-with-sarcoidosis-a-population-based-cohort-study-1976-to-2013
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Patompong Ungprasert, Eric L Matteson, Cynthia S Crowson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the risk and pattern of multimorbidity in patients with sarcoidosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cohort of all residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, first diagnosed with sarcoidosis between January 1, 1976, and December 31, 2013, was identified through the medical record linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Project. Diagnosis was verified by individual medical record review. A cohort of sex- and age-matched comparators without sarcoidosis was assembled from the same population...
November 3, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108311/remote-ischemic-conditioning-for-the-prevention-of-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-undergoing-intravascular-contrast-administration-a-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis-of-16-randomized-controlled-trials
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Chang-Cheng Zhou, Wen-Tao Yao, Yu-Zheng Ge, Lu-Wei Xu, Ran Wu, Xiao-Fei Gao, Kai-Wei Song, Xiao-Min Jiang, Min Wang, Wen-Juan Huang, Yun-Peng Zhu, Liang-Peng Li, Liu-Hua Zhou, Zhong-Le Xu, Sheng-Li Zhang, Jia-Geng Zhu, Wen-Cheng Li, Rui-Peng Jia
Objective: We conducted this meta-analysis to examine the effect of remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) on contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) in patients undergoing intravascular contrast administrationon. Methods: Pubmed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were comprehensively searched to identify all eligible studies by 15th March, 2017. Risk ratio (RR) and weighted mean difference with the corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) were used to examine the treatment effect...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106401/irf3-and-type-i-interferons-fuel-a-fatal-response-to-myocardial-infarction
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Kevin R King, Aaron D Aguirre, Yu-Xiang Ye, Yuan Sun, Jason D Roh, Richard P Ng, Rainer H Kohler, Sean P Arlauckas, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Andrej Savol, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Mark Kelly, Timothy P Fitzgibbons, Katherine A Fitzgerald, Timothy Mitchison, Peter Libby, Matthias Nahrendorf, Ralph Weissleder
Interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) and type I interferons (IFNs) protect against infections and cancer, but excessive IRF3 activation and type I IFN production cause autoinflammatory conditions such as Aicardi-Goutières syndrome and STING-associated vasculopathy of infancy (SAVI). Myocardial infarction (MI) elicits inflammation, but the dominant molecular drivers of MI-associated inflammation remain unclear. Here we show that ischemic cell death and uptake of cell debris by macrophages in the heart fuel a fatal response to MI by activating IRF3 and type I IFN production...
November 6, 2017: Nature Medicine
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