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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353236/deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease-defining-the-optimal-location-within-the-subthalamic-nucleus
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Maarten Bot, P Richard Schuurman, Vincent J J Odekerken, Rens Verhagen, Fiorella Maria Contarino, Rob M A De Bie, Pepijn van den Munckhof
BACKGROUND: Individual motor improvement after deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) for Parkinson's disease (PD) varies considerably. Stereotactic targeting of the dorsolateral sensorimotor part of the STN is considered paramount for maximising effectiveness, but studies employing the midcommissural point (MCP) as anatomical reference failed to show correlation between DBS location and motor improvement. The medial border of the STN as reference may provide better insight in the relationship between DBS location and clinical outcome...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353068/mitochondrial-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel-regulates-mitochondrial-dynamics-to-participate-in-neurodegeneration-of-parkinson-s-disease
#2
Kaige Peng, Jun Hu, Jingsong Xiao, Guorong Dan, Likui Yang, Feng Ye, Zhongmin Zou, Jia Cao, Yan Sai
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disease. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been the focus of the pathogenesis of PD. The mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel (mitoKATP) plays a significant role in mitochondrial physiology and has been extensively shown to protect against ischemic and brain reperfusion injury. However, there have long been controversies regarding its role in Parkinson's disease. We investigated the role of mitoKATP channels in rotenone-induced PD model in vivo and vitro and the interactions of mitoKATP channels, mitochondrial dynamics and PD...
January 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353016/pyrosequencing-analysis-of-methylation-levels-of-clock-genes-in-leukocytes-from-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#3
Wei Mao, Chunsong Zhao, Hui Ding, Kuo Liang, Jinhua Xue, Piu Chan, Yanning Cai
DNA methylation of neuronal PAS domain protein 2 (NPAS2) and cryptochrome circadian clock 1 (CRY1) promoters may be associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, there is no simple and cost-effective method to quantify DNA methylation in these regions. Additionally, it is not clear whether DNA methylation of NPAS2 and CRY1 promoters is altered in peripheral blood of PD patients, especially newly diagnosed drug-naïve PD patients, and thus can be used as a PD biomarker. In the present study, we utilized bisulfite pyrosequencing assays to examine DNA methylation levels of six CpG sites in the NPAS2 promoter and five CpG sites in the CRY1 promoter...
January 17, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352722/daily-intake-of-mucuna-pruriens-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease-a-16-week-noninferiority-randomized-crossover-pilot-study
#4
Roberto Cilia, Janeth Laguna, Erica Cassani, Emanuele Cereda, Benedetta Raspini, Michela Barichella, Gianni Pezzoli
BACKGROUND: Thousands of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) in low-income countries have limited access to marketed levodopa preparations. Mucuna pruriens (MP), a levodopa-containing leguminous plant growing in tropical areas, may be a sustainable alternative therapy for indigent patients. Single-dose intake of MP proved noninferior to marketed levodopa preparations. METHODS: Fourteen PD patients with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias received MP powder (obtained from roasted seeds) and marketed levodopa/carbidopa (LD/CD) in a randomized order and crossover design over a 16-week period...
January 11, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352622/anaesthesia-for-caesarean-section-in-a-patient-with-parkinson-s-disease
#5
V D Ward
Parkinson's disease is prevalent worldwide but mainly affects the elderly and is rarely seen in women of child-bearing age. The clinical signs and symptoms, the physiological changes of pregnancy, and drug interactions, pose unique challenges for the anaesthetic management of patients with Parkinson's disease who present for delivery. A 36-year-old primigravid woman at 36 weeks' gestation, with Parkinson's disease, presented for pre-anaesthesia assessment prior to elective caesarean section. Her Parkinson's disease had been diagnosed four years previously and was treated with Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) and pramipexole...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352424/cannabinoid-cb1-and-cb2%C3%A2-receptors-and-monoacylglycerol-lipase-gene-expression-alterations-in-the-basal-ganglia-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Francisco Navarrete, M Salud García-Gutiérrez, Auxiliadora Aracil-Fernández, José L Lanciego, Jorge Manzanares
Previous studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the neuropathological basis of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study was designed to detect potential alterations in the cannabinoid receptors CB1 (CB1r) and CB2 (A isoform, CB2Ar), and in monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) gene expression in the substantia nigra (SN) and putamen (PUT) of patients with PD. Immunohistochemical studies were performed to identify precise CB2r cellular localization in the SN of control and PD patients...
January 19, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352351/levodopa-induced-dyskinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease-still-no-proof-a-meta-analysis
#7
Alexandros Giannakis, Maria Chondrogiorgi, Christos Tsironis, Athina Tatsioni, Spiridon Konitsiotis
We investigated whether there is a linear relationship between levodopa (LD) dose and treatment duration, and the development of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) among patients with early untreated Parkinson's disease (PD). We performed a meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) comparing LD monotherapy to any other antiparkinsonian treatment in early PD patients. Meta-regressions were conducted including as covariates the effects of LD dose, treatment duration, and age. We further proceeded in subgroup analyses based on the type of medications in the non-LD monotherapy (control) group and on whether patients in the control group received additional levodopa or not...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352205/2-5-hexanedione-induces-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-through-integrin-%C3%AE-m%C3%AE-2-nadph-oxidase-axis-mediated-microglial-activation
#8
Cong Zhang, Liyan Hou, Jie Yang, Yuning Che, Fuqiang Sun, Huihua Li, Qingshan Wang
Recent study demonstrated that chronic exposure to solvents increases the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive dopaminergic neurodegeneration in the substantia nigra (SN). n-Hexane, a widely used organic solvent, displays central-peripheral neurotoxicity, which is mainly mediated by its active metabolite, 2,5-hexanedione (HD). However, whether HD exposure contributes to PD remains unclear. In this study, we found that rats exposed to HD displayed progressive dopaminergic neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal system...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352191/oral-administration-of-proteus-mirabilis-damages-dopaminergic-neurons-and-motor-functions-in-mice
#9
Jin Gyu Choi, Namkwon Kim, In Gyoung Ju, Hyeyoon Eo, Su-Min Lim, Se-Eun Jang, Dong-Hyun Kim, Myung Sook Oh
Recently, studies on the relationship between gut dysbiosis and Parkinson's disease (PD) have increased, but whether a specific gut bacterium may cause PD remains unexplored. Here, we report, for the first time, that a specific gut bacterium directly induces PD symptoms and dopaminergic neuronal damage in the mouse brain. We found that the number of Enterobacteriaceae, particularly Proteus mirabilis, markedly and commonly increased in PD mouse models. Administration of P. mirabilis isolated from PD mice significantly induced motor deficits, selectively caused dopaminergic neuronal damage and inflammation in substantia nigra and striatum, and stimulated α-synuclein aggregation in the brain as well as in the colon...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352099/smoking-and-parkinson-disease-evidence-for-gene-by-smoking-interactions
#10
Pei-Chen Lee, Ismaïl Ahmed, Marie-Anne Loriot, Claire Mulot, Kimberly C Paul, Jeff M Bronstein, Beate Ritz, Alexis Elbaz
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether cigarette smoking interacts with genes involved in individual susceptibility to xenobiotics for the risk of Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Two French population-based case-control studies (513 patients, 1,147 controls) were included as a discovery sample to examine gene-smoking interactions based on 3,179 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 289 genes involved in individual susceptibility to xenobiotics. SNP-by-cigarette smoking interactions were tested in the discovery sample through an empirical Bayes (EB) approach...
January 19, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351627/repair-kinetics-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-incidence-of-apoptosis-in-mouse-neural-stem-progenitor-cells-and-their-differentiated-neurons-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation
#11
Hiroki Kashiwagi, Kazunori Shiraishi, Kenta Sakaguchi, Tomoya Nakahama, Seiji Kodama
Neuronal loss leads to neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Because of their long lifespans, neurons are assumed to possess highly efficient DNA repair ability and to be able to protect themselves from deleterious DNA damage such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) produced by intrinsic and extrinsic sources. However, it remains largely unknown whether the DSB repair ability of neurons is more efficient compared with that of other cells. Here, we investigated the repair kinetics of X-ray-induced DSBs in mouse neural cells by scoring the number of phosphorylated 53BP1 foci post irradiation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351354/the-effects-of-intensive-speech-treatment-on-conversational-intelligibility-in-spanish-speakers-with-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Gemma Moya-Galé, Alireza Goudarzi, Àngels Bayés, Megan McAuliffe, Bram Bulté, Erika S Levy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of intensive speech treatment on the conversational intelligibility of Castilian Spanish speakers with Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as on the speakers' self-perceptions of disability. Method: Fifteen speakers with a medical diagnosis of PD participated in this study. Speech recordings were completed twice before treatment, immediately posttreatment, and at a 1-month follow-up session. Conversational intelligibility was assessed in 2 ways-transcription accuracy scores and intelligibility ratings on a 9-point Likert scale...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351330/use-of-influenza-antivirals-in-patients-hospitalized-in-hong-kong-2000-2015
#13
Benjamin J Cowling, Celine S L Chui, Wey Wen Lim, Peng Wu, Christopher K M Hui, J S Malik Peiris, Esther W Chan
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe patterns in the usage of antivirals to treat influenza virus infection in hospitals in Hong Kong from 2000 through 2015. METHODS: We analyzed centralized electronic health records that included dispensation information and diagnosis codes. Information collected on admissions included patient age, sex, admission year and month, and medications dispensed, and were matched with the first 15 discharge diagnosis codes. We divided monthly admission episodes by relevant population denominators to obtain admission rates, and stratified analyses by drug type, age group, and diagnosis codes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351243/awake-versus-asleep-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery-technical-considerations-and-critical-review-of-the-literature
#14
REVIEW
Ryan B Kochanski, Sepehr Sani
Advancements in neuroimaging have led to a trend toward direct, image-based targeting under general anesthesia without the use of microelectrode recording (MER) or intraoperative test stimulation, also referred to as "asleep" deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Asleep DBS, utilizing imaging in the form of intraoperative computed tomography (iCT) or magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), has demonstrated reliable targeting accuracy of DBS leads implanted within the globus pallidus and subthalamic nucleus while also improving clinical outcomes in patients with Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350822/resveratrol-suppresses-rotenone-induced-neurotoxicity-through-activation-of-sirt1-akt1-signaling-pathway
#15
Hui Wang, Xiaoguang Dong, Zengxun Liu, Shaowei Zhu, Haili Liu, Wenchuang Fan, Yanlai Hu, Tao Hu, Yonghui Yu, Yizhao Li, Tianwei Liu, Chengjia Xie, Qing Gao, Guibao Li, Jing Zhang, Zhaoxi Ding, Jinhao Sun
Rotenone is a common pesticide and has been reported as one of the risk factors for Parkinson disease. Rotenone can cause neuronal death or apoptosis through inducing oxidative injury and inhibiting mitochondrial function. As a natural polyphenolic compound, resveratrol possesses the anti-oxidant capacity and neuroprotective effect. However, the mechanism underlying the neuroprotective effect of resveratrol against rotenone-induced neurotoxicity remains elusive. Here, we treated PC12 cells with rotenone to induce neurotoxicity, and the neurotoxic cells were subjected to resveratrol treatment...
January 19, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350580/development-and-evaluation-of-a-yoga-intervention-program-for-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Catherine Justice, Corjena Cheung, Amy Samson-Burke
Preliminary research indicates that yoga could be a valuable tool for people suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD). However, little has been published about the process by which the yoga interventions were designed and evaluated. This study elaborates on the process of developing and testing a bi-weekly, 12-week yoga program to determine its safety and feasibility for people with PD. The lead yoga teacher used input from a focused literature review to design an initial draft of the intervention program. This draft was reviewed by a group of yoga experts ( n = 6) to develop the final intervention program...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350301/constipation-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-nuisance-or-nuanced-answer-to-the-pathophysiological-puzzle
#17
REVIEW
Amol Sharma, Julie Kurek, John C Morgan, Chandramohan Wakade, Satish S C Rao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic constipation is a common, nonmotor, and prodromal symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD). Its underlying neuropathology may provide pathophysiological insight into PD. Here, we critically review what is currently known about the neuroanatomical and brain-gut interactions, and the origin and progression of Lewy pathology (LP) at three levels-brain/brainstem, spinal cord, and enteric nervous system. RECENT FINDINGS: Many recent studies have illustrated the challenges of examining LP in tissues obtained from colon biopsies of PD patients...
January 19, 2018: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350074/serum-concentration-and-clinical-significance-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-or-essential-tremor
#18
Yixian Huang, Wenwei Yun, Min Zhang, Weifeng Luo, Xianju Zhou
Objectives The serum concentration of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was compared among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), patients with essential tremor (ET), and healthy participants, and its association with clinical features of PD and ET was assessed. Methods Demographic and clinical data were collected from 60 patients with PD at different clinical stages, 60 patients with ET, and 60 controls. All participants' serum BDNF concentrations were measured. Their motor abilities and activity were assessed by the Unified PD Rating Scale and the Hoehn and Yahr (H-Y) staging scale...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349888/distal-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-fragments-template-amyloid-assembly
#19
Thanh D Do, Smriti Sangwan, Natália E C de Almeida, Alexandre I Ilitchev, Maxwell Giammona, Michael R Sawaya, Steven K Buratto, David S Eisenberg, Michael T Bowers
Amyloid formation is associated with devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Type-2 diabetes. The large amyloid deposits found in patients suffering from these diseases have remained difficult to probe by structural means. Recent NMR models also predict heterotypic interactions from distinct peptide fragments but limited evidence of heterotypic packed sheets is observed in solution. Here we characterize two segments of the protein amyloid β (Aβ) known to form fibrils in Alzheimer's disease patients...
January 19, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349656/correlations-among-multifocal-electroretinography-and-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Metin Unlu, Duygu Gulmez Sevim, Murat Gultekin, Cagatay Karaca
To assess the correlation between functional and anatomical evaluations with multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). This cross-sectional study involved 116 eyes of 58 patients with PD and 30 age- and sex-matched control subjects. All study participants underwent a comprehensive neuro-ophthalmic examination, retinal single-layer thicknesses and volumes, and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL) measurements with SD-OCT, and the patients' mfERG recordings were evaluated...
January 18, 2018: Neurological Sciences
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