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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781146/modulation-of-serine-threonine-phosphatases-by-melatonin-therapeutic-approaches-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Raquel L Arribas, Alejandro Romero, Javier Egea, Cristóbal de Los Ríos
Melatonin is an endogenous hormone produced by the pineal gland as well as many other tissues and organs. The natural decline in melatonin levels with aging strongly contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative diseases share common mechanisms of toxicity such as proteinopathy, mitochondrial dysfunction, metal dyshomeostasis, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and an imbalance in the phosphorylation/dephosphorylation ratio. Several reports have proved the usefulness of melatonin in counteracting the events that lead to a neurodegenerative scenario...
May 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780941/unilateral-paraneoplastic-optic-disc-edema-and-retinal-periphlebitis-in-pineal-germinoma
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Gunay Uludag, Aslihan Onay, Sumru Onal
Purpose: To describe a unilateral ocular paraneoplastic syndrome in pineal germinoma. Observations: A 24-year-old male presented with diplopia, excessive thirst, and frequent urination. Cranial MRI showed a mass in pineal gland. Dorsal midbrain syndrome signs were present. Examination showed optic disc edema and segmental retinal periphlebitis in right and normal fundus in left eye. Rheumatologic work-up was negative. Brain biopsy confirmed pineal germinoma. Retinal findings were attributed to paraneoplastic syndrome...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774950/morphology-and-quantification-of-sheep-pineal-glands-at-pre-pubertal-pubertal-and-post-pubertal-periods
#3
Durmuş Bolat, Aytül Kürüm, Sıla Canpolat
The pineal gland is a neuroendocrine organ associated with photoperiodic regulation in mammals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pineal gland at the pre-pubertal, pubertal and post-pubertal periods by means of morphology and stereology. The study examined at total of 24 ovine pineal glands collected from healthy female Akkaraman breed. Thick sections (40 μm) were cut and treated with synaptophysin. Following each thick section, six consecutive sections at a thickness of 5 μm were cut. Each thin section was stained with one of the following dyes: Crossman's modified triple dye, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), melatonin marker, periodic acid-Schiff, Von Kossa and AgNOR...
May 18, 2018: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774882/-sleep-wake-rhythm-after-extracorporeal-circulation-in-new-zealand-rabbits
#4
Kaiwei Wang, Jiaqiang Zhang
To evaluate the change of sleep-wake rhythm after extracorporeal circulation (ECC) in New Zealand rabbits, and to explore the role of clock genes in sleep-wake rhythm disorder by ECC.
 Methods: A total of 54 New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into 3 groups: a normal group (Group N), a sham group (Group S) and a model group (Group ECC). Electrocorticogram (ECOG), electroophthalmogram (EOG) and electromyogram (EMG) were respectively recorded by multipurpose EEG recorder, and the sleep-wake rhythm was also recorded...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774497/safety-of-commercial-airflight-in-patients-with-brain-tumors-a-case-series
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Michelle Phillips, Marlon Saria, Amy Eisenberg, Daniel F Kelly, Garni Barkhoudarian
INTRODUCTION: Patients with intracranial masses are often advised to avoid airflight due to concerns of worsening neurological symptoms or deterioration. However, many patients often travel cross-country or internationally to tertiary care centers for definitive care. This study assesses the safety of commercial airflight for brain and skull base tumor patients without severe or progressive neurological deficits. METHODS: Patients that had traveled to our institution for surgery via commercial airflight from 2014 to 2017 were identified...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772362/ventriculocisternal-shunt-redivivus-third-ventricle-cisterna-magna-intradural-shunt-a-technical-note-and-case-report
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Ioan Tefan Florian, Cristina Caterina Aldea
OBJECTIVE: To present a hitherto unreported modification of the classic Torkildsen procedure: passing a catheter intracranially, between the third ventricle and cisterna magna. METHODS: We applied our technique to a 56-year-old male who presented to our department for treatment of a pineal region mass. RESULTS: The patient was placed in sitting position and the mass was gross totally removed through a supracerebellar infratentorial approach...
May 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763682/melatonin-attenuates-arsenic-induced-nephropathy-via-the-regulation-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-signaling-cascades-in-mice
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Sayanta Dutta, Sukanya Saha, Sushweta Mahalanobish, Pritam Sadhukhan, Parames C Sil
Arsenic is a potent inducer of several acute and chronic nephrotoxic disorders. It promotes deleterious phenomenon like oxidative stress, inflammation, cell death and altered glucose uptake leading to distorted kidney homeostasis that end up in chronic kidney disease. This study investigated the possible protective role of melatonin; a natural antioxidant produced by the pineal gland, against arsenic induced nephrotoxicity. Melatonin successfully ameliorated arsenic induced renal toxicity both in in vitro and in vivo models...
May 12, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763350/fluoride-exposure-in-early-life-as-the-possible-root-cause-of-disease-in-later-life
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Tetsuo Nakamoto, H Ralph Rawls
Fluoride, one of the most celebrated ingredients for the prevention of dental caries in the 20th century, has also been controversial for its use in dentifrices and other applications. In the current review, we have concentrated primarily on early-life exposure to fluoride and how it may affect the various organs. The most recent controversial aspects of fluoride are related to toxicity of the developing brain and how it may possibly result in the decrease of intelligence quotient (IQ), autism, and calcification of the pineal gland...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757573/low-serum-melatonin-levels-are-associated-with-erectile-dysfunction
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Aliseydi Bozkurt, Mehmet Karabakan, Binhan Kagan Aktas, Murat Gunay, Ercüment Keskin, Erkan Hirik
OBJECTIVE: Melatonin is a hormone secreted from the pineal gland and has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. Oxidative stress is considered as an important factor in the etiology of erectile dysfunction (ED), and in many experimental models, positive results have been obtained with melatonin treatment. This study aimed to measure serum melatonin levels in ED patients and to investigate the possible relationship between ED and melatonin levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-two patients diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe ED according to the five-item International Erectile Function Index (IIEF-5) and 22 healthy individuals were included in the study...
April 30, 2018: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749514/proteomic-analysis-of-chick-retina-during-early-recovery-from-lens%C3%A2-induced-myopia
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Yun Yun Zhou, Rachel Ka Man Chun, Jian Chao Wang, Bing Zuo, King Kit Li, Thomas Chuen Lam, Quan Liu, Chi-Ho To
Myopia development has been extensively studied from different perspectives. Myopia recovery is also considered important for understanding the development of myopia. However, despite several previous studies, retinal proteomics during recovery from myopia is still relatively unknown. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the changes in protein profiles of chicken retinas during early recovery from lens‑induced myopia to evaluate the signals involved in the adjustment of this refractive disorder...
May 3, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747444/mitochondria-transcription-factor-a-a-putative-target-for-the-effect-of-melatonin-on-u87mg-malignant-glioma-cell-line
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Daiane G Franco, Isabele F Moretti, Suely K N Marie
The disruption of mitochondrial activity has been associated with cancer development because it contributes to regulating apoptosis and is the main source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) is a protein that maintains mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) integrity, and alterations in its expression are associated with mitochondrial damage and cancer development. In addition, studies have shown that mitochondria are a known target of melatonin, the pineal gland hormone that plays an important anti-tumorigenic role...
May 9, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746441/cognitive-profile-of-children-with-intracranial-germ-cell-tumor-according-to-tumor-location
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Virginie Coutinho, Georges Dellatolas, Clemence Castaignede-Lalande, Audrey Longaud-Vales, Virginie Kieffer, Lea Guerrini-Rousseau, Jacques Grill, Dominique Valteau-Couanet, Christelle Dufour
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term cognitive sequelae and to describe the neuropsychological profile of patients with intracranial germ cell tumors according to tumor location (pineal or suprasellar site). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-five children treated at Gustave Roussy between 1991 and 2010 were assessed with neuropsychological tests to measure IQ, memory, visuospatial, motor, and executive skills at a mean delay of 4.2 years after diagnosis...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738717/the-habenula-in-neurosurgery-for-depression-a-convergence-of-functional-neuroanatomy-psychiatry-and-imaging
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REVIEW
Georgios P Skandalakis, Christos Koutsarnakis, Aristotelis V Kalyvas, Panagiotis Skandalakis, Elizabeth O Johnson, George Stranjalis
BACKGROUND: The habenula is a small, mostly underrated structure in the pineal region. Multidisciplinary findings demonstrate an underlying complex connectivity of the habenula with the rest of the brain, subserving its major role in normal behavior and the pathophysiology of depression. These findings suggest the potential application of "habenular psychosurgery" in the treatment of mental disorders. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: The remission of two patients with treatment-resistant major depression treated with deep brain stimulation of the habenula supported the hypothesis that the habenula is an effective target for deep brain stimulation and initiated a surge of basic science research...
May 5, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721967/the-leber-congenital-amaurosis-linked-protein-aipl1-and-its-critical-role-in-photoreceptors
#14
Almudena Sacristan-Reviriego, Jacqueline van der Spuy
Mutations in the photoreceptor/pineal-expressed gene, aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein-like 1 (AIPL1), are mainly associated with autosomal recessive Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), the most severe form of inherited retinopathy that occurs in early childhood. AIPL1 functions as a photoreceptor-specific molecular co-chaperone that interacts specifically with the molecular chaperones HSP90 and HSP70 to facilitate the correct folding and assembly of the retinal cGMP phosphodiesterase (PDE6) holoenzyme...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721578/circumventricular-organs-of-human-brain-visualized-on-post-contrast-3d-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-imaging
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Minako Azuma, Toshinori Hirai, Yoshihito Kadota, Zaw Aung Khant, Yohei Hattori, Mika Kitajima, Hiroyuki Uetani, Yasuyuki Yamashita
PURPOSE: Although contrast-enhanced three-dimensional T2 fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D T2-FLAIR) images are useful for assessing various neuronal diseases, physiological enhancement of the circumventricular organs on the images have not been investigated. We aimed to assess the physiological appearance of the circumventricular organs on contrast-enhanced 3D T2-FLAIR images. METHODS: We studied 3-T MR images of the brain of 30 individuals with no apparent brain abnormalities...
May 2, 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713348/a-case-of-nongerminomatous-germ-cell-tumor-of-the-pineal-region-risks-and-advantages-of-biopsy-by-endoscopic-approach
#16
Mauro Dobran, Davide Nasi, Fabrizio Mancini, Maurizio Gladi, Massimo Scerrati
A 21-year-old male was admitted to our department with headache and drowsiness. CT scan and MRI revealed acute obstructive hydrocephalus caused by a pineal region mass. The serum and CSF levels of beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-hCG) were 215 IU/L and 447 IU/L, respectively, while levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) were normal. A germ cell tumor (GCT) was suspected, and the patient underwent endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) with biopsy. After four days from surgery, the tumor bled with mass expansion and ETV stoma occlusion; thus, a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was positioned...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710712/melatonin-in-synaptic-impairments-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Yan Shi, Ying-Yan Fang, Yu-Ping Wei, Qian Jiang, Peng Zeng, Na Tang, Youming Lu, Qing Tian
Alzheimer's disease (AD) underlies dementia for millions of people worldwide with no effective treatment. The dementia of AD is thought stem from the impairments of the synapses because of their critical roles in cognition. Melatonin is a neurohormone mainly released by the pineal gland in a circadian manner and it regulates brain functions in various manners. It is reported that both the melatonin deficit and synaptic impairments are present in the very early stage of AD and strongly contribute to the progress of AD...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710710/neural-correlates-of-sleep-disturbance-in-alzheimer-s-disease-role-of-the-precuneus-in-sleep-disturbance
#18
Teruyuki Matsuoka, Ayu Imai, Hiroshi Fujimoto, Yuka Kato, Keisuke Shibata, Kaeko Nakamura, Hajime Yokota, Kei Yamada, Jin Narumoto
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbance may affect the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the neural correlates of sleep disturbance in AD have not been fully clarified. OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with sleep disturbance in AD. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in 63 patients with AD. None of the patients had been prescribed antidementia or psychoactive drugs, and all underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before medication...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710120/a-histologic-study-of-the-circadian-system-in-parkinson-disease-multiple-system-atrophy-and-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#19
Eduardo De Pablo-Fernández, Robert Courtney, Thomas T Warner, Janice L Holton
Importance: Circadian dysfunction may be associated with the symptoms and neurodegeneration in Parkinson disease (PD), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), although the underlying neuroanatomical site of disruption and pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully understood. Objective: To perform a neuropathological analysis of disease-specific inclusions in the key structures of the circadian system in patients with PD, MSA, and PSP...
April 30, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29709740/retrospective-analysis-of-the-clinical-characteristics-therapeutic-aspects-and-prognosis-factors-of-18-cases-of-childhood-pineoblastoma
#20
Yongji Tian, Raynald Liu, Junji Qin, Junmei Wang, Zhenyu Ma, Jian Gong, Chunde Li
Pineoblastoma is a rare malignant tumor of the pineal gland, which is more common in children. We retrospectively reviewed 18 cases of pineoblastoma in children (10 girls), including general, clinical, and therapeutic information, and factors affecting prognosis. The median age of the children was 51.7 months (19-156 mo). Presenting symptoms included vomiting (64.70%), headache (47.06%), weak or unsteady walking (35.29%), and nausea (29.41%). Rarer symptoms (one patient each) included limb rigidity, inability to speak, double vision, fever, and Parinaud's syndrome...
April 27, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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