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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927156/activation-of-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-promotes-cellular-proliferation-in-human-glioblastoma
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Jing-Jing He, Wen-Hua Zhang, Shi-Ling Liu, Yi-Fang Chen, Chen-Xi Liao, Qian-Qing Shen, Ping Hu
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and aggressive form of primary malignant brain tumor. Previous evidence demonstrates that β-adrenergic receptors (β-ARs) are closely associated with the occurrence and development of brain tumors. However, the functional role of β-ARs in human glioblastoma and the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In the present study, by using the MTT assay, western blotting, and the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, it was revealed that isoproterenol (ISO), an agonist of β-ARs, promoted the proliferation of U251 cells but not U87-MG cells, and that this effect was blocked by the β-ARs antagonist propranolol...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927047/msk1-downregulation-is-associated-with-neuronal-and-astrocytic-apoptosis-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
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Bo Ning, Geng Guo, Hong Liu, Lei Ning, Bao-Liang Sun, Zhen Li, Shuo Wang, Zheng-Wen Lv, Cun-Dong Fan
MSK (mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase) proteins are a family of mitogen-activated protein kinases. MSKs represent a novel type of pro-survival genes, potentially enhancing the phosphorylation of Bcl2-associated agonist of cell death. However, MSK's function and expression are poorly understood in the central nervous system. In the present study, a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) model was established in SD rats and the expression of MSK1 in the brain subsequent to experimental SAH was investigated...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926795/dissociable-intrinsic-functional-networks-support-noun-object-and-verb-action-processing
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Huichao Yang, Qixiang Lin, Zaizhu Han, Hongyu Li, Luping Song, Lingjuan Chen, Yong He, Yanchao Bi
The processing mechanism of verbs-actions and nouns-objects is a central topic of language research, with robust evidence for behavioral dissociation. The neural basis for these two major word and/or conceptual classes, however, remains controversial. Two experiments were conducted to study this question from the network perspective. Experiment 1 found that nodes of the same class, obtained through task-evoked brain imaging meta-analyses, were more strongly connected with each other than nodes of different classes during resting-state, forming segregated network modules...
September 16, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926645/alterations-in-regional-homogeneity-of-resting-state-cerebral-activity-in-patients-with-chronic-prostatitis-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome
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Yusong Lin, Yan Bai, Peng Liu, Xuejuan Yang, Wei Qin, Jianqin Gu, Degang Ding, Jie Tian, Meiyun Wang
The purpose of this study was to explore the neural mechanism in Chronic prostatitis/Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. The functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed on 31 male CP/CPPS-patients and 31 age and education matched male healthy controls on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging unit. A two-sample t-test was adopted to reveal the regional homogeneity between the patients and healthy controls. The mean regional homogeneity values in the alerted brain regions of patients were correlated with the clinical measurements by using Pearson's correlation analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926609/developmental-expression-of-membrane-type-4-matrix-metalloproteinase-mt4-mmp-mmp17-in-the-mouse-embryo
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María José Blanco, Iván Rodríguez-Martín, Ana I R Learte, Cristina Clemente, María Gregoria Montalvo, Motoharu Seiki, Alicia G Arroyo, Cristina Sánchez-Camacho
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) constitute a large group of endoproteases that play important functions during embryonic development, tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by degrading components of the extracellular matrix. Within this family, we focused our study on Mt4-mmp (also called Mmp17) that belongs to a distinct subset that is anchored to the cell surface via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) moiety and with the catalytic site exposed to the extracellular space. Information about its function and substrates is very limited to date, and little has been reported on its role in the developing embryo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926593/target-directed-motor-imagery-of-the-lower-limb-enhances-event-related-desynchronization
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Kosuke Kitahara, Yoshikatsu Hayashi, Shiro Yano, Toshiyuki Kondo
Event-related desynchronization/synchronization (ERD/S) is an electroencephalogram (EEG) feature widely used as control signals for Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). Nevertheless, the underlying neural mechanisms and functions of ERD/S are largely unknown, thus investigating them is crucial to improve the reliability of ERD/S-based BCIs. This study aimed to identify Motor Imagery (MI) conditions that enhance ERD/S. We investigated following three questions: 1) whether target-directed MI affects ERD/S, 2) whether MI with sound imagery affects ERD/S, and 3) whether ERD/S has a body part dependency of MI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926483/using-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-detect-chronic-fatigue-in-patients-with-previous-traumatic-brain-injury-changes-linked-to-altered-striato-thalamic-cortical-functioning
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Nils Berginström, Peter Nordström, Urban Ekman, Johan Eriksson, Micael Andersson, Lars Nyberg, Anna Nordström
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can be used to detect fatigue after traumatic brain injury (TBI). SETTING: Neurorehabilitation clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with TBI (n = 57) and self-experienced fatigue more than 1 year postinjury, and age- and gender-matched healthy controls (n = 27). MAIN MEASURES: Self-assessment scales of fatigue, a neuropsychological test battery, and fMRI scanning during performance of a fatiguing 27-minute attention task...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926479/fatigue-following-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children-and-adolescents-a-longitudinal-follow-up-6-to-12-months-after-injury
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Alison Crichton, Vicki Anderson, Ed Oakley, Mardee Greenham, Stephen Hearps, Carmel Delzoppo, Miriam H Beauchamp, James S Hutchison, Anne-Marie Guerguerian, Kathy Boutis, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal fatigue data in children suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) are lacking. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effects of time postinjury (6-12 months) and injury severity on fatigue after childhood TBI. Secondarily, we compared fatigue 12 months postinjury against published control data. SETTING: Three tertiary children's hospitals across Australia (n = 1) and Canada (n = 2). PARTICIPANTS: Parents (n = 109) of children (mean [M] = 9...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926473/hydrogen-gas-attenuates-sevoflurane-neurotoxicity-through-inhibiting-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BA-light-chain-enhancer-of-activated-b-cells-signaling-and-proinflammatory-cytokine-release-in-neonatal-rats
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Yiwei Shi, Gang Wang, Jinyuan Li, Wenli Yu
Anesthesia neurotoxicity in developing brain has gained increasing attention. However, knowledge regarding its mitigating strategies remains scant. Sevoflurane, a commonly used anesthetic, is responsible for learning and memory deficits in neonates. Molecular hydrogen is reported to be a potential neuroprotective agent because of its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. This study aimed to investigate the effect of hydrogen gas on sevoflurane neurotoxicity. The newborn rats were treated with sevoflurane and/or hydrogen gas for 2 h...
September 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926420/seronegative-paraneoplastic-limbic-encephalitis-associated-with-thymoma
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Jaime Toro, David Cuellar-Giraldo, Alejandra Duque, Karla Minota, Jorge Patiño, Manuel García
Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis is an autoimmune syndrome characterized by the acute or subacute onset of encephalopathy, memory loss, confusion, temporal lobe seizures, and behavioral and mood changes. Although most patients with paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis have antineuronal antibodies, advances in the field now permit the diagnosis without autoantibody test results. In this case illustrating the new diagnostic criteria, we report a 70-year-old woman who was brought to the emergency room after the acute onset of cognitive impairment, altered mental status, and choreoathetoid movements...
September 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926154/brain-functional-connectome-abnormalities-in-als-are-associated-with-disability-and-cortical-hyperexcitability
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Nimeshan Geevasinga, Mayuresh S Korgaonkar, Parvathi Menon, Mehdi Van den Bos, Lavier Gomes, Sheryl Foster, Matthew C Kiernan, Steve Vucic
OBJECTIVE: The present study utilized a multimodality approach encompassing connectome network combined with brain volume analysis, and assessment of cortical excitability to provide novel insights into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis. METHODS: Magnetic resonance images (MRI) were acquired using a 3.0 Tesla GE Signa HDx scanner, using an 8-channel head coil. MR images for the resting state scan were acquired using echo planar imaging MR sequence, acquiring 40 contiguous axial/oblique slices...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926133/synthesis-of-thiophene-based-optical-ligands-that-selectively-detect-tau-pathology-in-alzheimer%C3%A2-s-disease
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Peter Nilsson, Hamid Shirani, Hanna Appelqvist, Marcus Bäck, Therese Klingstedt, Nigel Cairns
The accumulation of protein aggregates is associated with many devastating neurodegenerative diseases and the development of molecular ligands able to detect these pathological hallmarks is essential. Here, we report the synthesis of thiophene based optical ligands, denoted bi-thiophene-vinyl-benzothiazoles (bTVBTs) that can be utilized for selective assignment of tau aggregates in brain tissue with Alzheimer´s disease (AD) pathology. The ability of the ligands to selectively distinguish tau deposits from the other AD associated pathological hallmark, senile plaques consisting of aggregated amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide, were reduced when the chemical composition of the ligands were altered, verifying that specific molecular interactions between the ligands and the aggregates are necessary for the selective detection of tau deposits...
September 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926091/functional-role-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Debora Lo Furno, Giuliana Mannino, Rosario Giuffrida
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into not only cells of mesodermal lineages, but also into endodermal and ectodermal derived elements, including neurons and glial cells. For this reason, MSCs have been extensively investigated to develop cell-based therapeutic strategies, especially in pathologies whose pharmacological treatments give poor results, if any. As in the case of irreversible neurological disorders characterized by progressive neuronal death, in which behavioral and cognitive functions of patients inexorably decline as the disease progresses...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926001/ketamine-differential-neurophysiological-dynamics-in-functional-networks-in-the-rat-brain
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A Ahnaou, H Huysmans, R Biermans, N V Manyakov, W H I M Drinkenburg
Recently, the N-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor (NMDAR) antagonist ketamine has emerged as a fast-onset mechanism to achieve antidepressant activity, whereas its psychomimetic, dissociative and amnestic effects have been well documented to pharmacologically model schizophrenia features in rodents. Sleep-wake architecture, neuronal oscillations and network connectivity are key mechanisms supporting brain plasticity and cognition, which are disrupted in mood disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. In rats, we investigated the dynamic effects of acute and chronic subcutaneous administration of ketamine (2...
September 19, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925890/the-use-of-hemodynamic-and-cerebral-monitoring-to-study-pharmacodynamics-in-neonates
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A Smits, L Thewissen, A Dereymaeker, E Dempsey, A Caicedo, Gunnar Naulaers
BACKGROUND: Drugs acting on the cardiovascular and central nervous system often display relatively fast clinical responses, which may differ in neonates compared to children and adults. Introduction of bedside monitoring tools might be of additional value in the pharmacodynamic (PD) assessment of such drugs in neonates. METHODS: We aim to provide an overview of the frequently used monitoring tools to assess drug effects on the hemodynamic status as well as the cerebral circulation, oxygenation and cerebral metabolism in neonates...
September 18, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925881/coping-with-stress-during-aging-the-importance-of-a-resilient-brain
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P Sampedro-Piquero, P Álvarez-Suárez, A Begega
BACKGROUND: Resilience is the ability to achieve a positive outcome when we are in the face of adversity. It supposes an active resistance to adversity by coping mechanisms in which genetic, molecular, neural and environmental factors are involved. Resilience has been usually studied in early ages and few is known about it during aging. METHODS: In this review, we will address the age-related changes in the brain mechanisms involved in regulating the stress response...
September 15, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925810/ube3a-mediated-regulation-of-imprinted-genes-and-epigenome-wide-marks-in-human-neurons
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S Jesse Lopez, Keith Dunaway, M Saharul Islam, Charles Mordaunt, Annie Vogel Ciernia, Makiko Meguro-Horike, Shin-Ichi Horike, David J Segal, Janine LaSalle
The dysregulation of genes in neurodevelopmental disorders that lead to social and cognitive phenotypes is a complex, multilayered process involving both genetics and epigenetics. Parent-of-origin effects of deletion and duplication of the 15q11-q13 locus leading to Angelman, Prader-Willi, and Dup15q syndromes are due to imprinted genes, including UBE3A, which is maternally expressed exclusively in neurons. UBE3A encodes a ubiquitin E3 ligase protein with multiple downstream targets, including RING1B, which in turn monoubiquitinates histone variant H2A...
September 19, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925734/a-pilot-treatment-study-for-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-neuroimaging-changes-detected-by-meg-after-low-intensity-pulse-based-transcranial-electrical-stimulation
#18
Ming-Xiong Huang, Ashley Robb Swan, Annemarie Angeles Quinto, Scott Matthews, Deborah L Harrington, Sharon Nichols, Barry J Bruder, Corey C Snook, Charles W Huang, Dewleen G Baker, Roland R Lee
BACKGROUND: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairments in military service members, Veterans, and civilians. However, few treatments are available for mTBI, partially because the mechanism of persistent mTBI deficits is not fully understood. METHODS: We used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate neuronal changes in individuals with mTBI following a passive neurofeedback-based treatment programme called IASIS. This programme involved applying low-intensity pulses using transcranial electrical stimulation (LIP-tES) with electroencephalography monitoring...
September 19, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925716/differential-neural-activation-when-voluntarily-regulating-emotions-in-service-members-with-chronic-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Michael N Dretsch, Thomas A Daniel, Adam M Goodman, Jeffrey S Katz, Thomas Denney, Gopikrishna Deshpande, Jennifer L Robinson
The objective of this study was to characterize the functional activation of the neural correlates of voluntary regulation of emotion in soldiers both with and without chronic mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a battery of cognitive and psychological health measures, we assessed differences between active-duty U.S. soldiers with chronic mTBI (n = 37) and without (Controls, n = 35). Participants were instructed to maintain (passively view), enhance, and suppress emotions associated with negative and neutral visual stimuli...
September 19, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925578/combined-fetal-inflammation-and-postnatal-hypoxia-causes-myelin-deficits-and-autism-like-behavior-in-a-rat-model-of-diffuse-white-matter-injury
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Erik van Tilborg, E J Marijke Achterberg, Caren M van Kammen, Annette van der Toorn, Floris Groenendaal, Rick M Dijkhuizen, Cobi J Heijnen, Louk J M J Vanderschuren, Manon N J L Benders, Cora H A Nijboer
Diffuse white matter injury (WMI) is a serious problem in extremely preterm infants, and is associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcome, including cognitive impairments and an increased risk of autism-spectrum disorders. Important risk factors include fetal or perinatal inflammatory insults and fluctuating cerebral oxygenation. However, the exact mechanisms underlying diffuse WMI are not fully understood and no treatment options are currently available. The use of clinically relevant animal models is crucial to advance knowledge on the pathophysiology of diffuse WMI, allowing the definition of novel therapeutic targets...
September 19, 2017: Glia
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