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Hypothalamus inflammation

Anders Blomqvist, David Engblom
Fever is a common symptom of infectious and inflammatory disease. It is well-established that prostaglandin E2 is the final mediator of fever, which by binding to its EP3 receptor subtype in the preoptic hypothalamus initiates thermogenesis. Here, we review the different hypotheses on how the presence of peripherally released pyrogenic substances can be signaled to the brain to elicit fever. We conclude that there is unequivocal evidence for a humoral signaling pathway by which proinflammatory cytokines, through their binding to receptors on brain endothelial cells, evoke fever by eliciting prostaglandin E2 synthesis in these cells...
March 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Riccardo Draghi, Giovanna Mantovani, Letterio Runza, Giorgio Carrabba, Nicola Fusco, Paolo Rampini, Antonella Costa, Marco Locatelli
The authors present an unusual case of a patient suffering from visual deficit due to pituitary granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) associated with Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). The patient was referred to our Neurosurgery Department presenting right eye amaurosis, third cranial nerve palsy, and left temporal hemianopsia. Magnetic resonance imaging documented a sellar or suprasellar lesion with solid and cystic components. The dura mater of the skull base was also strongly enhanced. The patient underwent surgery...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Caroline André, Caterina Catania, Julie Remus-Borel, Elodie Ladeveze, Thierry Leste-Lasserre, Wilfrid Mazier, Elke Binder, Delphine Gonzales, Samantha Clark, Omar Guzman-Quevedo, Djoher Nora Abrous, Sophie Layé, Daniela Cota
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) potently decreases food intake and body weight in diet-induced obese mice by acting through neuronal circuits and pathways located in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus. CNTF also exerts pro-inflammatory actions within the brain. Here we tested whether CNTF modifies energy balance by inducing inflammatory responses in the ARC and whether these effects depend upon the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) pathway, which regulates both energy metabolism and inflammation...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Marion Griton, Jan Pieter Konsman
Although the immune and nervous systems have long been considered independent biological systems, they turn out to mingle and interact extensively. The present review summarizes recent insights into the neural pathways activated by and involved in infection-induced inflammation and discusses potential clinical applications. The simplest activation concerns a reflex action within C-fibers leading to neurogenic inflammation. Low concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines or bacterial fragments may also act on these afferent nerve fibers to signal the central nervous system and bring about early fever, hyperalgesia and sickness behavior...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Jingping Zhang, Jingjing Huang, Kasimujiang Aximujiang, Chenbo Xu, Abulaiti Ahemaiti, Guixia Wu, Li Zhong, Kurexi Yunusi
Stress is a powerful modulator of neuroendocrine, behavioral, and immunological functions. So far, the molecular mechanisms of response to stressors still remain elusive. In the current study, after 10 days of repeated chronic stress (hot-dry environment and electric foot-shock), a murine model of combined-stress (CS) was created in the SPF Wistar rats. Meanwhile, we established an ulcerative-colitis (UC) rat model induced by 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)/ethanol enema according to previous studies...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Simon Jönsson, Anna K Lundberg, Rosanna W S Chung, Lena Jonasson
OBJECTIVE: Mechanisms behind sustained inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are not clarified but hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction may have a role. Here, we investigated whether inflammatory status of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) was associated with altered glucocorticoid sensitivity in CAD patients. METHODS: In 55 CAD patients and 30 controls, mRNA levels of GR-α, GR-β, NF-κB, IκBα, MMP-9, and TIMP-1 were measured in PBMCs...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Medicine
Zhen-Guo Pan, Xu-Sheng An
SARM1 (Sterile alpha and armadillo motif-containing protein 1) is the recently identified TIR domain-containing cytosolic protein, which is involved in toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling transduction. In the present study, the role of SARM1 in high fat diet (HFD)-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progression was explored. We found that SARM1 was expressed highly in fatty liver. And SARM1-knockout (KO) reduced steatohepatitis and metabolic disorders induced by HFD. SARM1-deletion decreased aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in HFD-fed mice...
February 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ennio Avolio, Teresa Pasqua, Anna Di Vito, Gilda Fazzari, Gabriella Cardillo, Raffaella Alò, Maria Carmela Cerra, Tullio Barni, Tommaso Angelone, Marcello Canonaco
It is already widely known that the different brain areas involved in blood pressure control, are highly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of this condition. Of particular concern are hypertensive and neuroinflammatory-dependent injuries that by modifying blood flow account for artery structural and functional alterations. It was thus our intention to establish if expression changes of some key brain neuroinflammatory factors like caspase-1,3, NF-kB, IL-1β and NLRP3, which are known to control blood pressure, are actively involved with inflammation regulatoryevents in a highly valuable spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) model...
February 9, 2018: Neuroscience
Minjie Chen, Xiaobo Qin, Lianglin Qiu, Sufang Chen, Huifen Zhou, Yanyi Xu, Ziying Hu, Yuhao Zhang, Qi Cao, Zhekang Ying
BACKGROUND: Exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is associated with cardiovascular mortality, but underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms are not fully understood. Hypothalamic inflammation, characterized by the activation of Inhibitor kappaB kinase 2/Nuclear factor kappaB (IKK2/NF-κB) signaling pathway, may play an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. We recently demonstrated that hypothalamic inflammation is increased in mice exposed to concentrated ambient PM2...
February 5, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
Eriko Furube, Shintaro Kawai, Haruna Inagaki, Shohei Takagi, Seiji Miyata
Numerous studies have reported the importance of microglial activation in various pathological conditions, whereas little attention has been given to the point for dynamics of microglial population under infection-induced inflammation. In the present study, the single systemic stimulation of 100 μg/kg lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced robust microglial proliferation only in the circumventricular organs (CVOs) and their neighboring brain regions. More than half of microglia similarly showed proliferative activity in the CVOs and their neighboring brain regions after 1 mg/kg LPS stimulation, while this stimulation expanded microglia-proliferating brain regions including the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata, and limbic system...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Janko Sattler, Jinwen Tu, Shihani Stoner, Jingbao Li, Frank Buttgereit, Markus Seibel, Hong Zhou, Mark S Cooper
Patients with chronic immune-mediated arthritis exhibit abnormal hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. The basis for this abnormality is not known. Immune-mediated arthritis is associated with increased extra-adrenal synthesis of active glucocorticoids by the 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) enzyme. 11β-HSD1 is expressed in the central nervous system, including regions involved in HPA axis regulation. We examined whether altered 11β-HSD1 expression within these regions contributes to HPA axis dysregulation during arthritis...
January 31, 2018: Endocrine Connections
Bram Peeters, Lies Langouche, Greet Van den Berghe
Critically ill patients have elevated plasma cortisol concentrations, in proportion to illness severity. This was traditionally attributed exclusively to a central activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis. However, low rather than high plasma ACTH concentrations have been reported in critically ill patients, with loss of diurnal ACTH and cortisol rhythm. Low ACTH together with high cortisol is referred to as "ACTH-cortisol dissociation." Although cortisol production is somewhat increased with inflammation, a reduced cortisol breakdown explains to a larger extent the hypercortisolism during critical illness...
December 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
Fernanda Brognara, Jaci A Castania, Daniel P M Dias, Alexandre H Lopes, Rubens Fazan, Alexandre Kanashiro, Luis Ulloa, Helio C Salgado
We previously reported that activation of the baroreflex, a critical physiological mechanism controlling cardiovascular homeostasis, through electrical stimulation of the aortic depressor nerve attenuates joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. However, it is unknown whether baroreflex activation can control systemic inflammation. Here, we investigate whether baroreflex activation controls systemic inflammation in conscious endotoxemic rats. Animals underwent sham or electrical aortic depressor nerve stimulation initiated 10 min prior to a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge, while inflammatory cytokine levels were measured in the blood, spleen, heart and hypothalamus 90 min after LPS treatment...
January 6, 2018: Brain Research
Albina F Ramalho, Bruna Bombassaro, Nathalia R Dragano, Carina Solon, Joseane Morari, Milena Fioravante, Roberta Barbizan, Licio A Velloso, Eliana P Araujo
BACKGROUND: The consumption of large amounts of dietary fats activates an inflammatory response in the hypothalamus, damaging key neurons involved in the regulation of caloric intake and energy expenditure. It is currently unknown why the mediobasal hypothalamus is the main target of diet-induced brain inflammation. We hypothesized that dietary fats can damage the median eminence blood/spinal fluid interface. METHODS: Swiss mice were fed on a high-fat diet, and molecular and structural studies were performed employing real-time PCR, immunoblot, immunofluorescence, transmission electron microscopy, and metabolic measurements...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Bora Jeong, Han Rae Kim, Nan Seong Choi, Byong Seo Park, Hyejin Eom, Jeong Woo Park, Jae Geun Kim, Byung Ju Lee
Here, we report thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1) as an important transcription factor for the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). HO-1 is a well-known cytoprotective enzyme against inflammation. We observed that HO-1 co-expressed with TTF-1 in mouse hypothalamic cells. Results from luciferase and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays revealed that TTF-1 directly activated HO-1 transcription by binding to binding domains in the 5'-flanking region of the HO-1 gene. A proinflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), induced nuclear translocation of TTF-1 and increased binding affinity of TTF-1 to its binding sites on the HO-1 gene...
January 3, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Wonnam Kim, Wonil Lee, Jin Gyu Choi, In Gyoung Ju, Yun-Kyung Kim, Tae Hee Lee, Myung Sook Oh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aconiti Lateralis Radix Preparata (AR) is the most frequently used herb to generate heat and treat symptoms associated with coldness in Asia. AIMS OF THE STUDY: The hypothalamus is one of the master regulators to maintain constant core body temperature. Chronic exposure to cold stress disturbs homeostatic regulation, gradually resulting in hypothalamic inflammation. This study investigate the effects of AR, on the chronic intermittent cold (CIC)-induced release of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules in the mouse hypothalamus...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Chun Austin Changou, Reni Ajoy, Szu-Yi Chou
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a global health crisis which is characterized by insulin signaling impairment and chronic inflammation in peripheral tissues. The hypothalamus in the central nervous system (CNS) is the control center for energy and insulin signal response regulation. Chronic inflammation in peripheral tissues and imbalances of certain chemokines (such as CCL5, TNFα, and IL-6) contribute to diabetes and obesity. However, the functional mechanism(s) connecting chemokines and hypothalamic insulin signal regulation still remain unclear...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Mehran Mesgari-Abbasi, Ghazaleh Nameni, Ghazaleh Hajiluian, Parviz Shahabi
BACKGROUND: Obesity induced brain inflammation is associated with cognitive disorders. We aimed to investigate the influence of vitamin D on hypothalamus and hippocampus inflammatory response in high-fat diet induced obese rats. METHODS: In the beginning of the study, 40 rats were divided into two groups: control diet and high fat diet (HFD) for 16 weeks; then each group subdivided into two groups including: N, ND + vitamin D, HFD and HFD + vitamin D. Vitamin D supplementation was done for 5 weeks at 500 IU/kg dosage...
December 28, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
Savina Apolloni, Paola Fabbrizio, Susanna Amadio, Giulia Napoli, Veronica Verdile, Giovanna Morello, Rosario Iemmolo, Eleonora Aronica, Sebastiano Cavallaro, Cinzia Volonté
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a late-onset motor neuron disease where activated glia release pro-inflammatory cytokines that trigger a vicious cycle of neurodegeneration in the absence of resolution of inflammation. Given the well-established role of histamine as a neuron-to-glia alarm signal implicated in brain disorders, the aim of this study was to investigate the expression and regulation of the histaminergic pathway in microglial activation in ALS mouse model and in humans. By examining the contribution of the histaminergic system to ALS, we found that particularly via H1 and H4 receptors, histamine promoted an anti-inflammatory profile in microglia from SOD1-G93A mice by modulating their activation state...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Andres R Henriquez, Samantha J Snow, Mette C Schladweiler, Colette N Miller, Janice A Dye, Allen D Ledbetter, Judy E Richards, Kevin Mauge-Lewis, Marie A McGee, Urmila P Kodavanti
Recent studies showed that the circulating stress hormones, epinephrine and corticosterone/cortisol, are involved in mediating ozone-induced pulmonary effects through the activation of the sympathetic-adrenal-medullary (SAM) and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axes. Hence, we examined the role of adrenergic and glucocorticoid receptor inhibition in ozone-induced pulmonary injury and inflammation. Male 12-week old Wistar-Kyoto rats were pretreated daily for 7days with propranolol (PROP; a non-selective β adrenergic receptor [AR] antagonist, 10mg/kg, i...
January 15, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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