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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320130/spg2-mimicking-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-family-identified-using-next-generation-sequencing
#1
Anna Rubegni, Carla Battisti, Alessandra Tessa, Alfonso Cerase, Stefano Doccini, Alessandro Malandrini, Filippo M Santorelli, Antonio Federico
Several single gene disorders can potentially be overlooked in the differential diagnostic evaluation of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and spastic paraplegia type 2 are allelic X-linked disorders associated with defective myelination of the central nervous system and mutations in PLP1. Neurological symptoms are occasionally observed in female carriers of these mutations. Two women - the proposita (Pt1) and her mother (Pt2) - reported walking difficulties since adolescence and showed progressive cognitive decline...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318976/assembly-of-cns-nodes-of-ranvier-in-myelinated-nerves-is-promoted-by-the-axon-cytoskeleton
#2
Veronica Brivio, Catherine Faivre-Sarrailh, Elior Peles, Diane L Sherman, Peter J Brophy
Nodes of Ranvier in the axons of myelinated neurons are exemplars of the specialized cell surface domains typical of polarized cells. They are rich in voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) and thus underpin rapid nerve impulse conduction in the vertebrate nervous system [1]. Although nodal proteins cluster in response to myelination, how myelin-forming glia influence nodal assembly is poorly understood. An axoglial adhesion complex comprising glial Neurofascin155 and axonal Caspr/Contactin flanks mature nodes [2]...
March 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317656/the-sensory-function-of-the-uninjured-nerve-in-patients-after-median-and-ulnar-nerve-injury
#3
Marcin Ceynowa, Rafał Pankowski, Marek Rocławski, Tomasz Mazurek
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. INTRODUCTION: Some patients after median or ulnar nerve injury report a diminished sensibility in the fingers that are supplied by the uninjured nerve. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the function of the uninjured nerve in patients after peripheral nerve injury to assess the presence and degree of its functional impairment. METHODS: There were 28 patients with median and 29 patients with ulnar nerve injury examined for sensory disturbances in the injured and uninjured nerves, using several tests assessing touch, temperature, and vibration sensibility...
January 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315678/protective-effect-of-co-administration-of-curcumin-and-sildenafil-in-alcohol-induced-neuropathy-in-rats
#4
Maninder Kaur, Amarjeet Singh, Bimlesh Kumar, Sachin Kumar Singh, Amit Bhatia, Monica Gulati, T Prakash, Palak Bawa, Adil Hussain Malik
Neuropathic pain associated with chronic alcohol consumption is a medico-socioeconomical problem that affects both central and peripheral nervous system and has no satisfactory treatment till date. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of co-administration of curcumin and sildenafil on alcohol induced neuropathic pain in rats. In order to carry out this, ethanol (35% v/v, 10g/kg, p.o.) was administered for 10 weeks to induce neuropathic pain. Curcumin (30 and 60mg/kg, i.p.) and sildenafil (5 and 10mg/kg, i...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315443/progesterone-modulates-diabetes-hyperglycemia-induced-changes-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-sciatic-nerve
#5
Fahim Atif, Megan C Prunty, Nefize Turan, Donald G Stein, Seema Yousuf
We investigated the effect of progesterone (P4) treatment on diabetes/hyperglycemia-induced pathological changes in brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissue in male rats. Animals were rendered hyperglycemic by a single dose of streptozotocin (STZ). P4 treatment was started after hyperglycemia was confirmed and body weight and blood glucose levels were monitored once/week for 5 weeks. Rats underwent behavioral testing at week 5 and were then euthanized for histology. We assessed the expression of markers of angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), inflammation (interleukin-6 (IL-6)) and tissue injury (CD11b, NG2, COX2 and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2)) in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve...
March 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315402/spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-of-patients-under-treatment-for-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#6
Ozgur Yalcinbayir, Birol Baytan, Oner Gelisken, Basak Can, Melike Sezgin Evim, Meral Yildiz, Adalet Meral Gunes
PURPOSE: To investigate the use of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) findings in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients. METHODS: Children that were diagnosed with precursor B-cell ALL and classified as belonging to the medium-risk group for relapse were selected for this study. Individuals who were in continuous remission and on maintenance therapy were included in the study group. Cases that had central nervous system involvement were excluded...
March 14, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315268/sigma-1-receptor-antagonists-a-new-class-of-neuromodulatory-analgesics
#7
Cristina Sánchez-Fernández, José Manuel Entrena, José Manuel Baeyens, Enrique José Cobos
The sigma-1 receptor is a unique ligand-operated chaperone present in key areas for pain control, in both the peripheral and central nervous system. Sigma-1 receptors interact with a variety of protein targets to modify their function. These targets include several G-protein-coupled receptors such as the μ-opioid receptor, and ion channels such as the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). Sigma-1 antagonists modify the chaperoning activity of sigma-1 receptor by increasing opioid signaling and decreasing NMDAR responses, consequently enhancing opioid antinociception and decreasing the sensory hypersensitivity that characterizes pathological pain conditions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315267/pharmacological-modulation-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-and-the-treatment-of-pain
#8
Manuel Merlos, Javier Burgueño, Enrique Portillo-Salido, Carlos Ramón Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy with respect to existing therapies and reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of sigma-1 receptors (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pains of different etiologies. σ1R is highly expressed in different pain areas of the CNS and the periphery (particularly dorsal root ganglia), and interacts and modulates the functionality of different receptors and ion channels ...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303740/neurotrophins-and-proneurotrophins
#9
Julien Gibon, Philip A Barker
Neurotrophins have been intensively studied and have multiple roles in the brain. Neurotrophins are first synthetized as proneurotrophins and then cleaved intracellularly and extracellularly. Increasing evidences demonstrate that proneurotrophins and mature neurotrophins exerts opposing role in the central nervous system. In the present review, we explore the role of nerve growth factor (NGF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin 3 (NT3), and neurotrophin 4 (NT4) and their respective proform in cellular processes related to learning and memory...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302062/ancestral-and-novel-roles-of-pax-family-genes-in-mollusks
#10
Maik Scherholz, Emanuel Redl, Tim Wollesen, André Luiz de Oliveira, Christiane Todt, Andreas Wanninger
BACKGROUND: Pax genes are transcription factors with significant roles in cell fate specification and tissue differentiation during animal ontogeny. Most information on their tempo-spatial mode of expression is available from well-studied model organisms where the Pax-subfamilies Pax2/5/8, Pax6, and Paxα/β are mainly involved in the development of the central nervous system (CNS), the eyes, and other sensory organs. In certain taxa, Pax2/5/8 seems to be additionally involved in the development of excretion organs...
March 16, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301586/influence-of-early-neurological-complications-on-clinical-outcome-following-lung-transplant
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Josep Gamez, Maria Salvado, Alejandro Martinez-de La Ossa, Maria Deu, Laura Romero, Antonio Roman, Judith Sacanell, Cesar Laborda, Isabel Rochera, Miriam Nadal, Francesc Carmona, Estevo Santamarina, Nuria Raguer, Merce Canela, Joan Solé
BACKGROUND: Neurological complications after lung transplantation are common. The full spectrum of neurological complications and their impact on clinical outcomes has not been extensively studied. METHODS: We investigated the neurological incidence of complications, categorized according to whether they affected the central, peripheral or autonomic nervous systems, in a series of 109 patients undergoing lung transplantation at our center between January 1 2013 and December 31 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300846/regulation-of-rhoa-activity-by-the-cellular-prion-protein
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Hee-Jun Kim, Hong-Seok Choi, Jeong-Ho Park, Mo-Jong Kim, Hyoung-Gon Lee, Robert Bob Petersen, Yong-Sun Kim, Jae-Bong Park, Eun-Kyoung Choi
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is a highly conserved glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane protein that is involved in the signal transduction during the initial phase of neurite outgrowth. The Ras homolog gene family member A (RhoA) is a small GTPase that is known to have an essential role in regulating the development, differentiation, survival, and death of neurons in the central nervous system. Although recent studies have shown the dysregulation of RhoA in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, the role of RhoA in prion pathogenesis remains unclear...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296953/a-numerical-investigation-of-intrathecal-isobaric-drug-dispersion-within-the-cervical-subarachnoid-space
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Per Thomas Haga, Giulia Pizzichelli, Mikael Mortensen, Miroslav Kuchta, Soroush Heidari Pahlavian, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Bryn A Martin, Kent-Andre Mardal
Intrathecal drug and gene vector delivery is a procedure to release a solute within the cerebrospinal fluid. This procedure is currently used in clinical practice and shows promise for treatment of several central nervous system pathologies. However, intrathecal delivery protocols and systems are not yet optimized. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of injection parameters on solute distribution within the cervical subarachnoid space using a numerical platform. We developed a numerical model based on a patient-specific three dimensional geometry of the cervical subarachnoid space with idealized dorsal and ventral nerve roots and denticulate ligament anatomy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294385/potential-excitatory-role-of-nitric-oxide-on-2-deoxy-d-glucose-induced-gastric-motility-in-rats
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A M Sevgili, Z D Balkanci, A Erdem
Previous studies have shown that 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG) increases gastric motility via the vagus nerve, but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. Since nitric oxide (NO) is involved in gastric motility, a possible interplay between 2-DG and NO can be suggested. In the present study, Wistar rats (250-350 g) of both sexes were intravenously injected with 2-DG (200 mg·kg(-1) ), and the effects of the intravenous injection of the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitors; nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) and N(ω) -nitro-l-arginine (l-NNA, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) were investigated...
March 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292829/non-linear-modulation-of-cutaneous-reflexes-with-increasing-speed-of-locomotion-in-spinal-cats
#15
Marie-France Hurteau, Yann Thibaudier, Charline Dambreville, Anass Chraibi, Etienne Desrochers, Alessandro Telonio, Alain Frigon
Cutaneous reflexes are important for rapidly responding to perturbations, correcting limb trajectory and strengthening support. During locomotion, they are modulated by phase to generate functionally appropriate responses. The goal of the present study was to determine if cutaneous reflexes and their phase-dependent modulation are altered with increasing speed and whether this is accomplished at a spinal level. Four adult cats that recovered stable hindlimb locomotion following spinal transection were implanted with electrodes to chronically record hindlimb muscle activity and to electrically stimulate the superficial peroneal nerve to evoke cutaneous reflexes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291971/can-gut-microbes-play-a-role-in-mental-disorders-and-their-treatment
#16
Klara Latalova, Miroslav Hajda, Jan Prasko
The gut microbes, collectively called microbiota, are linked to the brain through a bidirectional system that involves the vagus nerve, the immune system, and various neurotransmitters. Stress response, memory functions, social behavior, and mood are modulated by microbiota. Furthermore, microbiota play a role in the development of the central nervous system. These features, established largely in rodent studies, have informed hypotheses about the role of microbiota in human psychiatric disorders. Microbiota affect phenomena that are known to be parts of the depression phenotype, such as exaggerated response to stress and inflammatory features...
March 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291541/evidence-for-a-novel-neurohumoral-antinociceptive-mechanism-mediated-by-peripheral-capsaicin-sensitive-nociceptors-in-conscious-rats
#17
Gábor Pethő, Kata Bölcskei, Réka Füredi, Bálint Botz, Teréz Bagoly, Erika Pintér, János Szolcsányi
Stimulation of capsaicin-sensitive peripheral sensory nerve terminals induces remote anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body of anesthetized rats and guinea-pigs mediated by somatostatin. As somatostatin has also antinociceptive effects, the study aimed at investigating whether similar remote antinociceptive effects can be demonstrated in awake animals. In conscious rats, nociceptive nerve endings of the right hind paw decentralized by cutting the sciatic and saphenous nerves 18h before were chemically stimulated, and drop of the noxious heat threshold (heat hyperalgesia) induced by prior (18h before) plantar incision was measured on the contralateral, left hind paw using an increasing-temperature water bath...
February 10, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283814/effect-of-photobiomodulation-therapy-808%C3%A2-nm-in-the-control-of-neuropathic-pain-in-mice
#18
Ana Laura Martins de Andrade, Paulo Sérgio Bossini, Azair Liane Matos do Canto De Souza, Ariane Dutra Sanchez, Nivaldo Antonio Parizotto
Neuropathic pain can be defined as the pain initiated or caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction of the central or peripheral nervous system. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) stands out among the physical therapy resources used for analgesia. However, application parameters, especially the energy density, remain controversial in the literature. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the PBM effect, in different energy densities to control neuropathic pain in mice. Fifty (50) mice were induced to neuropathy by chronic constriction surgery of the sciatic nerve (CCI), treated with PBM (808 nm), and divided into five groups: GP (PBM simulation), GS (sham), GL10, GL20, GL40 (energy density of 10, 20, and 40 J/cm(2), respectively)...
March 10, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283551/a-novel-role-for-mir-133a-in-centrally-mediated-activation-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-in-congestive-heart-failure
#19
Neeru M Sharma, Shyam Sundar Nandi, Hong Zheng, Paras K Mishra, Kaushik P Patel
Activated renin-angiotensin system (RAS) within the central nervous system has been implicated in sympathoexcitation during various disease conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF). In particular, activation of RAS in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus has been recognized to augment sympathoexcitation in CHF. We observed a 2.6-fold increase in angiotensinogen (AGT) in the PVN of CHF. To elucidate the molecular mechanism for increased expression of AGT, we performed in silico analysis of 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of AGT and found potential binding site for microRNA-133a(miR-133a)...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282920/prongf-but-not-ngf-switches-from-neurotrophic-to-apoptotic-activity-in-response-to-reductions-in-trka-receptor-levels
#20
Maria S Ioannou, Margaret Fahnestock
Nerve growth factor (NGF) promotes the survival and differentiation of neurons. NGF is initially synthesized as a precursor, proNGF, which is the predominant form in the central nervous system. NGF and proNGF bind to TrkA/p75NTR to mediate cell survival and to sortilin/p75NTR to promote apoptosis. The ratio of TrkA to p75NTR affects whether proNGF and mature NGF signal cell survival or apoptosis. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the loss of TrkA influences p75NTR or sortilin expression levels, and to establish whether proNGF and mature NGF have a similar ability to switch between cell survival and cell death...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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