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Andreas Hahn, Martin Schain, Maria Erlandsson, Petter Sjölin, Gregory M James, Olof T Strandberg, Douglas Hägerström, Rupert Lanzenberger, Jonas Jögi, Tomas G Olsson, Ruben Smith, Oskar Hansson
: Aggregation of hyperphosphorylated tau is a major hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. In vivo imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) may offer important insights in pathophysiological mechanisms, diagnosis and disease progression. We describe different strategies for quantification of (18)F-AV1451 (T807) tau binding, including models with blood sampling and non-invasive alternatives. METHODS: 15 subjects (4 controls, 6 Alzheimer's disease (AD), 3 progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 2 cortico basal syndrome (CBS)) underwent 180 min PET with (18)F-AV1451 and arterial blood sampling...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Arun K Ghosh, Luke A Kassekert, Joseph D Bungard
We have elucidated the complete absolute configuration of callyspongiolide and unambiguously assigned its stereochemistry at the C-21 center through synthesis. Four stereoisomers of callyspongiolide were synthesized in a convergent and enantioselective manner. A late-stage Sonogashira coupling forges the diene-ynic side chain. Other notable reactions are Yonemitsu's variation of Yamaguchi macrolactonization to cyclize an alkynic seco acid, highly trans-selective Julia-Kocienski olefination, CBS reduction to set the C-21 stereocenter, and methyl cuprate addition to an unsaturated pyranone to install the C-5 methyl center...
October 20, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Rosario Gajardo-Gómez, Valeria C Labra, Carola J Maturana, Kenji F Shoji, Cristian A Santibañez, Juan C Sáez, Christian Giaume, Juan A Orellana
The mechanisms involved in Alzheimer's disease are not completely understood and how astrocytes and their gliotransmission contribute to this neurodegenerative disease remains to be fully elucidated. Previous studies have shown that amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) induces neuronal death by a mechanism that involves the excitotoxic release of ATP and glutamate associated to astroglial hemichannel opening. We have demonstrated that synthetic and endogenous cannabinoids (CBs) reduce the opening of astrocyte Cx43 hemichannels evoked by activated microglia or inflammatory mediators...
October 19, 2016: Glia
Jang-Ho Park, Joon-Ho Ahn, Jun-Bum Park, Soohyun Joe
Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) can develop after trans-sphenoidal adenomectomy (TSA); however, the neural mechanisms remain unknown. Sensory deprivation and releasing phenomenon are both hypothetical explanations for this condition; however, there is no definite evidence that strongly supports either supposition. We report the first case of CBS after TSA without optic nerve atrophy. Postoperatively, the patient's vision seemed to be relatively well preserved, apart from the left-side hemianopsia in the right eye...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Xiao An, Yuehu Pei, Shaofei Chen, Shengge Li, Xiaolong Hu, Gang Chen, Bin Lin, Haifeng Wang
Three new butenolides aspernolides H-J (1-3) together with seven known ones (4-10) were isolated from the fungus Aspergillus sp. CBS-P-2. Their chemical structures were established on the basis of 1D- and 2D-NMR spectroscopic data, HR-ESI-MS analysis, and their absolute configuration were determined by circular dichroism (CD) analysis. All the compounds were evaluated for the antioxidant effects by DPPH and ABTS methods, the antitumor activities against four human tumor cell lines (HL-60, ASPC1, HCT-116 and PC-3) and antimicrobial activities...
October 13, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Akbar Ahmad, Domokos Gerö, Gabor Olah, Csaba Szabo
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been proposed to exert pro- as well as anti-inflammatory effects in various models of critical illness. In this study, we compared bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced changes in inflammatory mediator production, indices of multiple organ injury and survival in wild‑type (WT) mice and in mice with reduced expression of one of the three H2S‑producing enzymes, cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE), cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS) or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3MST)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Benjamin Lam, Aun Khan, Julia Keith, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Juan Bilbao, Peter St George-Hyslop, Mahdi Ghani, Morris Freedman, Donald T Stuss, Tiffany Chow, Sandra E Black, Mario Masellis
INTRODUCTION: Corticobasal syndrome (CBS) resulting from genetic Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been described only once. Whether familial CBS-AD is a distinct clinical entity with its own imaging signature remains unknown. METHODS: Four individuals with CBS from two families underwent detailed assessment. For two individuals, regional atrophy and hypoperfusion were compared to autopsy-confirmed typical late-onset AD and corticobasal degeneration, as well as genetically proven PSEN1 cases with an amnestic presentation...
October 12, 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Shubir Dutt, Richard J Binney, Hilary W Heuer, Phi Luong, Suneth Attygalle, Priyanka Bhatt, Gabe A Marx, Jonathan Elofson, Maria C Tartaglia, Irene Litvan, Scott M McGinnis, Bradford C Dickerson, John Kornak, Dana Waltzman, Lisa Voltarelli, Norbert Schuff, Gil D Rabinovici, Joel H Kramer, Clifford R Jack, Bruce L Miller, Howard J Rosen, Adam L Boxer
OBJECTIVE: To examine the utility and reliability of volumetric MRI in measuring disease progression in the 4 repeat tauopathies, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS), to support clinical development of new tau-directed therapeutic agents. METHODS: Six- and 12-month changes in regional MRI volumes and PSP Rating Scale scores were examined in 55 patients with PSP and 33 patients with CBS (78% amyloid PET negative) compared to 30 normal controls from a multicenter natural history study...
October 14, 2016: Neurology
Sietske Grijseels, Jens Christian Nielsen, Milica Randelovic, Jens Nielsen, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Mhairi Workman, Jens Christian Frisvad
A new soil-borne species belonging to the Penicillium section Canescentia is described, Penicillium arizonense sp. nov. (type strain CBS 141311(T) = IBT 12289(T)). The genome was sequenced and assembled into 33.7 Mb containing 12,502 predicted genes. A phylogenetic assessment based on marker genes confirmed the grouping of P. arizonense within section Canescentia. Compared to related species, P. arizonense proved to encode a high number of proteins involved in carbohydrate metabolism, in particular hemicellulases...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Billy Jansson, Örjan Sundin
This study focused on the factor structure of the victimization form of the revised Controlling Behaviors Scale (CBS-R). Data from 1,218 women and men were analyzed in the study. Results of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) failed to find support for the proposed five-factor structure of the scale, as the items on the scale were better represented by one common factor. In addition, when examining if controlling behaviors are distinct from psychological aggression, the CFA indicated that the items on the CBS-R are clearly distinguishable from the items on the psychological aggression (as measured with the subscales of the revised Conflict Tactic Scales [CTS2]), and that this holds for both males and females...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Stephanie Höhn, Armin Hallmann
BACKGROUND: The multicellular volvocine alga Pleodorina is intermediate in organismal complexity between its unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas, and its multicellular relative, Volvox, which shows complete division of labor between different cell types. The volvocine green microalgae form a group of genera closely related to the genus Volvox within the order Volvocales (Chlorophyta). Embryos of multicellular volvocine algae consist of a cellular monolayer that, depending on the species, is either bowl-shaped or comprises a sphere...
October 13, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
Reiko Sanokawa-Akakura, Shin Akakura, Siamak Tabibzadeh
Recent evidence suggests that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has cytoprotective and anti-aging effects. However, the mechanisms for such properties are not fully understood. Here, we show that the expression of the main H2S producing enzyme, CBS, and production of H2S are coordinately diminished in replicative senescent adult human dermal fibroblasts. The reduced production of H2S falls within the same time-frame that the hallmarks of replicative senescence appear including accumulation of SA-β-Gal, enhanced expression of p16, p21, and RRM2B while the expression of RRM2, hTERT, SIRT1, NAMPT, and NAD/NADH ratio all fall...
2016: PloS One
Andrew J Love, Chulang Yu, Natalia V Petukhova, Natalia O Kalinina, Jianping Chen, Michael E Taliansky
Cajal bodies (CBs) are distinct sub-nuclear structures that are present in eukaryotic living cells and are often associated with the nucleolus. CBs play important roles in RNA metabolism and formation of RNPs involved in transcription, splicing, ribosome biogenesis, and telomere maintenance. Besides these primary roles, CBs appear to be involved in additional functions that may not be directly related to RNA metabolism and RNP biogenesis. In this review, we assess possible roles of plant CBs in RNA regulatory pathways such as nonsense-mediated mRNA decay and RNA silencing...
October 11, 2016: RNA Biology
Wei Li, Wenxi He, Ping Gao, Chengliang Zhang, Hongjiao Cai, Ying Chen, Dong Liu
The aim of this study was to develop and to investigate a film of compound Calculus Bovis Sativus (CBS) and ornidazole film. A uniform mucoadhesive film was herein successfully obtained by a film-forming solusion containing insoluable drug. This film, as a valid adjunct for the treatment of oral mucosal ulcer, consisted of two main drugs (CBS, ornidazole) and three polymers (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, chitosan, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)). The film was prepared with the film-forming suspension, using casting-solvent evaporation technique...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Kavanal P Prasanthkumar, Juan R Alvarez-Idaboy, Pavitra V Kumar, Beena G Singh, K Indira Priyadarsini
2-Thiocytosine (TC) and 2-thiouracil (TU) were subjected to hydrated electron (eaq(-)), formate radical (CO2˙(-)) and 2-hydroxypropan-2-yl radical ((CH3)2˙COH) reactions in aqueous medium. Transients were characterized by absorption spectroscopy and the experimental findings were rationalized by DFT calculations at LC-ωPBE and M06-2X levels using a 6-311+G(d,p) basis set and SMD solvation. In eaq(-) reactions, a ring N-atom protonated radical of TC and an exocyclic O-atom protonated radical of TU were observed via addition of eaq(-) and subsequent protonation by solvent molecules...
October 10, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Michael D Hebert, Aaron R Poole
The biogenesis of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), small Cajal body-specific RNPs (scaRNPs), small nucleolar RNPs (snoRNPs) and the telomerase RNP involves Cajal bodies (CBs). Although many components enriched in the CB contain post-translational modifications (PTMs), little is known about how these modifications impact individual protein function within the CB and, in concert with other modified factors, collectively regulate CB activity. Since all components of the CB also reside in other cellular locations, it is also important that we understand how PTMs affect the subcellular localization of CB components...
October 7, 2016: RNA Biology
Robert W Molt, Thomas Watson, Alexandre P Bazanté, Rodney J Bartlett, Nigel G J Richards
Electronic and free energy barriers for a series of gas-phase RDX decomposition mechanisms have been obtain using coupled cluster singles, doubles, and perturbative triples with complete basis set (CCSD(T)/CBS) electronic energies for MBPT(2)/cc-pVTZ structures. Importantly, we have located a well-defined transition state for NN homolysis, in the initial RDX decomposition step, thereby obtaining a true barrier for this reaction. These calculations support the view that HONO elimination is preferred at STP over other proposed mechanisms, including NN homolysis, "triple whammy" and NONO isomerization...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
D B Ninković, D Z Vojislavljević-Vasilev, V B Medaković, M B Hall, E N Brothers, S D Zarić
Stacking interactions between cyclohexane and benzene were studied in crystal structures from the Cambridge Structural Database and by ab initio calculations. Calculated at the very accurate CCSD(T)/CBS level of theory, the cyclohexane-benzene interaction energy is -3.27 kcal mol(-1), which is significantly stronger than the interaction in the benzene dimer (-2.84 kcal mol(-1)) indicating the importance of aliphatic-aromatic interactions.
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Angela Corvino, Beatrice Severino, Ferdinando Fiorino, Francesco Frecentese, Elisa Magli, Elisa Perissutti, Vincenzo Santagada, Mariarosaria Bucci, Giuseppe Cirino, Geoff Kelly, Luigi Servillo, Grzegorz Popowicz, Annalisa Pastore, Giuseppe Caliendo
Hydrogen sulfide is an essential catabolite that intervenes in the pathophysiology of several diseases from hypertension to stroke, diabetes and pancreatitis. It is endogenously synthesized mainly by two pyridoxal-5'-phosphate-dependent enzymes involved in L-cysteine metabolism: cystathionine-ß-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE). Research in this field is currently impaired by the lack of pharmacological tools such as selective enzymatic inhibitors that could target specifically only one of these pathways...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tomofumi Nakamura, Kaoru Okishige, Toshiro Kanazawa, Mitsumi Yamashita, Naohiko Kawaguchi, Nobutaka Kato, Hideshi Aoyagi, Yasuteru Yamauchi, Tetsuo Sasano, Kenzo Hirao
AIMS: Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) utilizing a cryoballoon (CB) has become one of the standard therapeutic options for atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it connotes a potential risk of cerebral ischaemic events (CIEs). This study aimed to clarify the prevalence of CIEs after PVI using second-generation CBs assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. METHODS: This prospective observational study consisted of 160 patients that underwent PVI with second-generation CBs for drug-refractory AF...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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