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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823092/inhibition-of-p2x7-receptors-improves-outcomes-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
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Xiaofeng Liu, Zhengqing Zhao, Ruihua Ji, Jiao Zhu, Qian-Qian Sui, Gillian E Knight, Geoffrey Burnstock, Cheng He, Hongbin Yuan, Zhenghua Xiang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability for people under the age of 45 years worldwide. Neuropathology after TBI is the result of both the immediate impact injury and secondary injury mechanisms. Secondary injury is the result of cascade events, including glutamate excitotoxicity, calcium overloading, free radical generation, and neuroinflammation, ultimately leading to brain cell death. In this study, the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) was detected predominately in microglia of the cerebral cortex and was up-regulated on microglial cells after TBI...
August 19, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823091/trauma-ptsd-and-the-developing-brain
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REVIEW
Ryan J Herringa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: PTSD in youth is common and debilitating. In contrast to adult PTSD, relatively little is known about the neurobiology of pediatric PTSD, nor how neurodevelopment may be altered. This review summarizes recent neuroimaging studies in pediatric PTSD and discusses implications for future study. RECENT FINDINGS: Pediatric PTSD is characterized by abnormal structure and function in neural circuitry supporting threat processing and emotion regulation...
August 19, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822871/altered-language-network-in-benign-childhood-epilepsy-patients-with-spikes-from-non-dominant-side-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#3
Jiajia Fang, Sihan Chen, Cheng Luo, Qiyong Gong, Dongmei An, Dong Zhou
Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is one of the most common childhood epilepsy syndromes, and language deficits associated with BECTS have become a hot topic. This study investigated alterations of the language network in BECTS children with spikes from the non-dominant side in comparison with healthy controls. Twenty-three children with BECTS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Region of interest -based whole brain functional connectivity analysis was used to identify the potential differences in the functional connectivity of the Broca's area between the two groups...
August 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822845/triphenyl-phosphonium-coated-nano-quercetin-for-oral-delivery-neuroprotective-effects-in-attenuating-age-related-global-moderate-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Swarupa Ghosh, Sibani Sarkar, Somsubhra T Choudhury, Tirtha Ghosh, Nirmalendu Das
Cerebral ischemia-reperfusion is a classical example of reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediated acute damage to brain. Post-ischemic reperfusion induced oxygen free radicals production causes damage to brain cell mitochondria. Antioxidants like quercetin (Qc) have potentials to manage oxidative stress related pathophysiology. However low oral bioavailability and poor cell membrane permeability restricts its therapeutic efficacy. To overcome these hurdles mitochondria specific delivery of Qc nanocapsules were designed to efficiently counteract cerebral ischemia-reperfusion induced cell death and neurodegeneration in young and aged rats...
August 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822437/-predictive-effect-of-neonatal-morbidities-on-the-poor-outcomes-at-12-months-corrected-age-in-very-low-birth-weight-premature-infants
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Y B Rao, J Yang, B Cao, D M Chen, P M Gao, Q Zhong, M X Li, J H Gao, Y J Chen, X M Zhong, Z X Ren
Objective: To investigate the prognostic effect of neonatal morbidities on poor outcomes at 12 months corrected age in very low birth weight (VLBW) premature infants . Method: From November 2013 to October 2014, a multi-center retrospective study was conducted in 8 tertiary Maternal and Children's hospitals in Guangdong, Hunan and Fujian. The premature infants survived to a postmenstrual age (PMA) of 36 weeks with birth weight less than 1 500 g and without congenital diseases were included, and divided into two groups according to poor outcomes...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822390/physiologic-features-of-brain-death
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Eno-Obong Essien, Kristina Fioretti, Thomas M Scalea, Deborah M Stein
Brain death is known to be associated with physiologic derangements but their incidence is poorly described. Knowledge of the changes that occur during brain death is important for management of the potential organ donor. Thus, we sought to characterize the pathophysiology that occurs during brain death in patients with traumatic injuries. All brain-dead patients over a 10-year period were identified from the trauma registry at a level 1 urban trauma center. Patient demographics, injury characteristics, and clinical data for defining organ dysfunction were reviewed for the 24 hours surrounding brain-death declaration...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822387/indicators-of-survival-and-favorable-functional-outcomes-after-decompressive-craniectomy-a-multi-institutional-retrospective-study
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Abid D Khan, Anna J Elseth, Brian Head, Jack Rostas, Julie A Dunn, Thomas J Schroeppel, Richard P Gonzalez
The role of decompressive craniectomy (DC) for severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that are indicators of survival and improved functional outcome in patients who undergo DC for STBI. A retrospective review of STBI patients who underwent DC was performed at four trauma centers during a 45-month period. Data collected included age, gender, mechanism of injury, Injury Severity Score (ISS), admission Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), time from admission to DC, mortality, and extended Glasgow Outcome Score before discharge...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822326/second-malignant-neoplasms-after-childhood-non-central-nervous-system-embryonal-tumours-in-north-america-a%C3%A2-population-based-study
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Xuchen Zong, Jason D Pole, Paul E Grundy, Salaheddin M Mahmud, Louise Parker, Rayjean J Hung
BACKGROUND: Few studies in North America have quantified the risks of second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) among survivors of childhood non-central nervous system (non-CNS) embryonal tumours due to their rarity. We aimed to investigate these risks by combining population-based data from the United States of America and Canada. METHODS: We evaluated patients with childhood non-CNS embryonal tumours reported to the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program and eight Canadian cancer registries from 1969 to 2010...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822228/computerized-neurocognitive-interventions-in-the-context-of-the-brain-training-controversy
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Rebeca Isabel García-Betances, María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez, María T Arredondo
This article presents, in the form of an analytic narrative review, a complete picture of the state-of-the-art, challenges, and perspectives in the field of information and communication technology (ICT)-based neurocognitive interventions for older adults. The narrative particularly focuses on applications aimed at mild cognitive impairment and similar age-related cognitive deficits, which are analyzed in the context of the brain training controversy. Clarifying considerations are provided about the nature and present extent of the brain training debate, regarding the possible influence it has on the support received by research and development initiatives dealing with innovative computerized neurocognitive interventions...
August 19, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822221/brain-plasticity-cognitive-functions-and-neural-stem-cells-a-pivotal-role-for-the-brain-specific-neural-master-gene-srgap2-fam72
#10
Nguyen Thi Thanh Ho, Arne Kutzner, Klaus Heese
Due to an aging society with an increased dementia-induced threat to higher cognitive functions, it has become imperative to understand the molecular and cellular events controlling the memory and learning processes in the brain. Here, we suggest that the novel master gene pair |-SRGAP2-FAM72-| (SLIT-ROBO Rho GTPase activating protein 2 - family with sequence similarity to 72) reveals a new dogma for the regulation of neural stem cell (NSC) gene expression and is a distinctive player in the control of human brain plasticity...
August 28, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821935/age-related-t2-relaxation-times-at-3-tesla-as-a-biomarker-of-infratentorial-brain-maturation
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Eva Bültmann, Loukia M Spineli, Friederike Göhner, Hans Hartmann, Heinrich Lanfermann
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine age-related, infratentorial changes in T2 relaxation times during infancy and childhood using routine MRI data at 3 Tesla. METHODS: One hundred patients (0-199 months) without signal abnormalities on conventional MRI were retrospectively selected from our pool of pediatric MRI examinations. T2 maps based on our routinely acquired triple-echo turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequence were created. Based on their clinical symptoms, the children were divided into 43 controls and 57 diseased children with different clinical diseases...
August 18, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821516/a-retrospective-review-of-paediatric-head-injuries-in-asia-a-pan-asian-trauma-outcomes-study-patos-collaboration
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Shu-Ling Chong, Uzma Rahim Khan, Indumathy Santhanam, Jun Seok Seo, Quan Wang, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Quoc Ai Hoang Trong, Su Yah Chew, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
OBJECTIVE: We aim to examine the mechanisms of head-injured children presenting to participating centres in the Pan Asian Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS) and to evaluate the association between mechanism of injury and severe outcomes. DESIGN AND SETTING: We performed a retrospective review of medical records among emergency departments (EDs) of eight PATOS centres, from September 2014 - August 2015. PARTICIPANTS: We included children <16 years old who presented within 24 hours of head injury and were admitted for observation or required a computed tomography (CT) of the brain from the ED...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821470/design-of-the-drepagreffe-trial-a-prospective-controlled-multicenter-study-evaluating-the-benefit-of-genoidentical-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-over-chronic-transfusion-in-sickle-cell-anemia-children-detected-to-be-at-risk-of-stroke-by-transcranial
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Sylvie Chevret, Suzanne Verlhac, Elisabeth Ducros-Miralles, Jean-Hugues Dalle, Regis Peffault de Latour, Mariane de Montalembert, Malika Benkerrou, Corinne Pondarré, Isabelle Thuret, Corinne Guitton, Emmanuelle Lesprit, Maryse Etienne-Julan, Gisèle Elana, Jean-Pierre Vannier, Patrick Lutz, Bénédicte Neven, Claire Galambrun, Catherine Paillard, Camille Runel, Charlotte Jubert, Cécile Arnaud, Annie Kamdem, Valentine Brousse, Florence Missud, Marie Petras, Lydia Doumdo-Divialle, Claire Berger, Françoise Fréard, Olivier Taieb, Elise Drain, Monique Elmaleh, Manuela Vasile, Yacine Khelif, Myriam Bernaudin, Philippe Chadebech, France Pirenne, Gérard Socié, Françoise Bernaudin
BACKGROUND: Children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) have an 11% risk of stroke by the age of 18. Chronic transfusion applied in patients detected to be at risk by transcranial Doppler allows a significant reduction of stroke risk. However, chronic transfusion exposes to several adverse events, including alloimmunization and iron overload, and is not curative. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation allows termination of the transfusion program, but its benefit has not been demonstrated...
August 15, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821400/alzheimer-s-disease-as-oligomeropathy
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REVIEW
Kenjiro Ono
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by pathological aggregates of amyloid β-protein (Aβ) and tau protein. On the basis of genetic evidence, biochemical data, and animal models, Aβ has been suggested to be responsible for the pathogenesis of AD (the amyloid hypothesis). Aβ molecules tend to aggregate to form oligomers, protofibrils, and mature fibrils. Although mature fibrils in the final stage have been thought to be the cause of AD pathogenesis, recent studies using synthetic Aβ peptides, a cell culture model, Aβ precursor protein transgenic mice models, and human samples, such as cerebrospinal fluids and postmortem brains of AD patients, suggest that pre-fibrillar forms (oligomers of Aβ) are more deleterious than are extracellular fibril forms...
August 15, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821258/contribution-of-serum-fgf21-level-to-the-identification-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-and-cardiac-death
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Yun Shen, Xueli Zhang, Xiaoping Pan, Yiting Xu, Qin Xiong, Zhigang Lu, Xiaojing Ma, Yuqian Bao, Weiping Jia
AIM: The relationship between fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) and cardiovascular disease has been well established in recent studies. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between FGF21 and left ventricular systolic dysfunction and cardiac death. METHODS: Two-dimensional echocardiography was used to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) to estimate left ventricular systolic function. The optimal cutoff of FGF21 for identifying left ventricular systolic dysfunction at baseline was analyzed via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves...
August 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820764/severe-case-of-renal-coloboma-syndrome-in-long-term-follow-up
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Lise Sels, Werner Dirven, Koenraad Devriendt, Anita Leys
PURPOSE: To characterize the ocular features of a severe case of renal coloboma syndrome in a long-term follow-up. METHODS: Observational case report over a period of 45 years. Examination under anesthesia at the age of 3 months, repeated ophthalmologic examination (age 7, 14, 25, 45 years), fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, electroretinography, ocular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, computed tomography scan orbits, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain...
August 17, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820437/are-astrocytes-the-predominant-cell-type-for-activation-of-nrf2-in-aging-and-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Jeffrey R Liddell
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that regulates hundreds of antioxidant genes, and is activated in response to oxidative stress. Given that many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease and multiple sclerosis are characterised by oxidative stress, Nrf2 is commonly activated in these diseases. Evidence demonstrates that Nrf2 activity is repressed in neurons in vitro, and only cultured astrocytes respond strongly to Nrf2 inducers, leading to the interpretation that Nrf2 signalling is largely restricted to astrocytes...
August 18, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820304/predictors-of-quality-of-life-and-survival-following-gamma-knife-surgery-for-lung-cancer-brain-metastases-a-prospective-study
#18
Sidsel Bragstad, Marianne Flatebø, Gerd Karin Natvig, Geir Egil Eide, Geir Olve Skeie, Maziar Behbahani, Paal-Henning Pedersen, Per Øyvind Enger, Bente Sandvei Skeie
OBJECTIVE Lung cancer (LC) patients who develop brain metastases (BMs) have a poor prognosis. Estimations of survival and risk of treatment-related deterioration in quality of life (QOL) are important when deciding on treatment. Although we know of several prognostic factors for LC patients with BMs, the role of QOL has not been established. Authors of this study set out to evaluate changes in QOL following Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for BMs in LC patients and QOL as a prognostic factor for survival. METHODS Forty-four of 48 consecutive LC patients with BMs underwent GKS in the period from May 2010 to September 2011, and their QOL was prospectively assessed before and 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after GKS by using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR) questionnaire...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819323/excessive-body-fat-linked-to-blunted-somatosensory-cortex-response-to-general-reward-in-adolescents
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J F Navas, A Barros-Loscertales, V Costumero-Ramos, J Verdejo-Román, R Vilar-López, A Verdejo-García
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The brain reward system is key to understanding adolescent obesity in the current obesogenic environment, rich in highly appetising stimuli, to which adolescents are particularly sensitive. We aimed to examine the association between body fat levels and brain reward system responsivity to general (monetary) rewards in male and female adolescents. METHOD: Sixty-eight adolescents (34 females; mean age [standard deviation]=16.56 [1.35]) were measured for body fat levels with bioelectric impedance, and underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan during the Monetary Incentive Delay (MID) task...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819213/in-vivo-regulation-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-activity-in-neurons-and-brains
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Ambika Krishnankutty, Taeko Kimura, Taro Saito, Kyota Aoyagi, Akiko Asada, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Kanae Ando, Mica Ohara-Imaizumi, Koichi Ishiguro, Shin-Ichi Hisanaga
Glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) is a multifunctional protein kinase involved in many cellular activities including development, differentiation and diseases. GSK3β is thought to be constitutively activated by autophosphorylation at Tyr216 and inactivated by phosphorylation at Ser9. The GSK3β activity has previously been evaluated by inhibitory Ser9 phosphorylation, but it does not necessarily indicate the kinase activity itself. Here, we applied the Phos-tag SDS-PAGE technique to the analysis of GSK3β phosphoisotypes in cells and brains...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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