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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036811/sildenafil-improves-vascular-and-metabolic-function-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Min Sheng, Hanzhang Lu, Peiying Liu, Yang Li, Harshan Ravi, Shin-Lei Peng, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Michael D Devous, Kyle B Womack
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause of degenerative dementia in the aging population. Patients with AD have alterations in cerebral hemodynamic function including reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral metabolic rate. Therefore, improved cerebrovascular function may be an attractive goal for pharmaceutical intervention in AD. OBJECTIVE: We wished to observe the acute effects of sildenafil on cerebrovascular function and brain metabolism in patients with AD...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033829/exercise-training-increases-parietal-lobe-cerebral-blood-flow-in-chronic-stroke-an-observational-study
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Andrew D Robertson, Susan Marzolini, Laura E Middleton, Vincenzo S Basile, Paul I Oh, Bradley J MacIntosh
Exercise is increasingly recommended as an essential component of stroke rehabilitation, yet uncertainty remains with respect to its direct effect on the cerebral vasculature. The current study first demonstrated the repeatability of pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (ASL) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in older adults with stroke, and then investigated the change in cerebrovascular function following a 6-month cardiovascular rehabilitation program. In the repeatability study, 12 participants at least 3 months post-stroke underwent two ASL imaging scans 1 month apart...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031810/the-role-of-three-dimensional-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labelling-in-grading-and-differentiating-histological-subgroups-of-meningiomas
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Y Lu, J Xiong, B Yin, J Wen, L Liu, D Geng
AIM: To evaluate the usefulness of pseudo-continuous arterial spin labelling (pCASL) imaging in grading and differentiating histological subtypes of meningiomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images and pCASL were acquired with a 3 T MRI system before surgery in 125 consecutive patients with suspected meningiomas. Finally, the perfusion parameters were collected from 84 grade I and 23 grade II meningiomas...
October 11, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031181/mdhy5-positively-regulates-cold-tolerance-via-cbf-dependent-and-cbf-independent-pathways-in-apple
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Jian-Ping An, Ji-Fang Yao, Xiao-Na Wang, Chun-Xiang You, Xiao-Fei Wang, Yu-Jin Hao
Cold stress is a major external stimulator that affects crop quality and productivity. The CBF cold regulatory pathway has been regarded as a master regulator in the response to cold stress. In this study, we found that the apple bZIP transcription factor, MdHY5, was responsive to cold treatment both at the transcriptional and at the post-translational levels. Moreover, overexpression of MdHY5 enhanced cold tolerance in apple calli and Arabidopsis. Subsequently, EMSA assay and transient expression assay demonstrated that MdHY5 positively regulated the transcript of MdCBF1 by binding to G-Box motif of its promoter...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030624/psilocybin-for-treatment-resistant-depression-fmri-measured-brain-mechanisms
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Robin L Carhart-Harris, Leor Roseman, Mark Bolstridge, Lysia Demetriou, J Nienke Pannekoek, Matthew B Wall, Mark Tanner, Mendel Kaelen, John McGonigle, Kevin Murphy, Robert Leech, H Valerie Curran, David J Nutt
Psilocybin with psychological support is showing promise as a treatment model in psychiatry but its therapeutic mechanisms are poorly understood. Here, cerebral blood flow (CBF) and blood oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) were measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) before and after treatment with psilocybin (serotonin agonist) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Quality pre and post treatment fMRI data were collected from 16 of 19 patients. Decreased depressive symptoms were observed in all 19 patients at 1-week post-treatment and 47% met criteria for response at 5 weeks...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028933/novel-method-for-intraoperative-assessment-of-cerebral-autoregulation-by-paced-breathing
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N H Sperna Weiland, J Hermanides, M W Hollmann, B Preckel, W J Stok, J J van Lieshout, R V Immink
Background: Cerebral autoregulation (CA) is the mechanism that maintains constancy of cerebral blood flow (CBF) despite variations in blood pressure (BP). Patients with attenuated CA have been shown to have an increased incidence of peri-operative stroke. Studies of CA in anaesthetized subjects are rare, because a simple and non-invasive method to quantify the integrity of CA is not available. In this study, we set out to improve non-invasive quantification of CA during surgery. For this purpose, we introduce a novel method to amplify spontaneous BP fluctuations during surgery by imposing mechanical positive pressure ventilation at three different frequencies and quantify CA from the resulting BP oscillations...
October 6, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027859/quantitative-cerebral-blood-flow-using-xenon-enhanced-ct-after-decompressive-craniectomy-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Aditya Vedantam, Claudia S Robertson, Shankar P Gopinath
OBJECTIVE Few studies have reported on changes in quantitative cerebral blood flow (CBF) after decompressive craniectomy and the impact of these measures on clinical outcome. The aim of the present study was to evaluate global and regional CBF patterns in relation to cerebral hemodynamic parameters in patients after decompressive craniectomy for traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS The authors studied clinical and imaging data of patients who underwent xenon-enhanced CT (XeCT) CBF studies after decompressive craniectomy for evacuation of a mass lesion and/or to relieve intractable intracranial hypertension...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025902/relative-contributions-of-systemic-hemodynamic-variables-to-cerebral-autoregulation-during-orthostatic-stress
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Hisao Yoshida, Jason W Hamner, Keita Ishibashi, Can Ozan Tan
Postural changes impair the ability of the cerebrovasculature to buffer against dynamic pressure fluctuations, but the mechanisms underlying this impairment have not been elucidated. We hypothesized that autoregulatory impairment may reflect the impact of static central volume shifts on hemodynamic factors other than arterial pressure (AP). In 14 young volunteers, we assessed the relation of fluctuations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) to those in AP, cardiac output, and CO2, during oscillatory lower body pressure (LBP) (±20 mmHg at 0...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024849/hydrogen-sulfide-alleviates-the-cold-stress-through-mpk4-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Xinzhe Du, Zhuping Jin, Danmei Liu, Guangdong Yang, Yanxi Pei
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gaseous signaling molecule that mediates physiological processes in animals and plants. In this study, we investigated the relationship of H2S and mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) under cold stress in Arabidopsis. H2S up-regulated MAPK expression levels and was involved in the cold stress-related upregulation of MAPK genes expression. We then chose MPK4 whose expression level was influenced the most by H2S as a target and found that H2S's ability to alleviate cold stress required MPK4...
October 3, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024522/in-vitro-safety-evaluation-of-human-nasal-epithelial-cell-monolayers-exposed-to-carrageenan-sinus-wash
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Mahnaz Ramezanpour, Jae Murphy, Jason L P Smith, Sarah Vreugde, Alkis James Psaltis
BACKGROUND: Carrageenans have shown to reduce the viral load in nasal secretions and lower the incidence of secondary infections in children with common cold. Despite the widespread use of carrageenans in topical applications, the effect of carrageenans on the sinonasal epithelial barrier has not been elucidated. We investigate the effect of different carrageenans on the sinonasal epithelial barrier and inflammatory response in vitro. METHODS: Iota and Kappa carrageenan delivered in saline irrigation solutions applied to air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of primary human nasal epithelial cells from chronic rhinosinusitis patients and controls...
October 12, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024300/accounting-for-the-role-of-hematocrit-in-between-subject-variations-of-mri-derived-baseline-cerebral-hemodynamic-parameters-and-functional-bold-responses
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Feng Xu, Wenbo Li, Peiying Liu, Jun Hua, John J Strouse, James J Pekar, Hanzhang Lu, Peter C M van Zijl, Qin Qin
Baseline hematocrit fraction (Hct) is a determinant for baseline cerebral blood flow (CBF) and between-subject variation of Hct thus causes variation in task-based BOLD fMRI signal changes. We first verified in healthy volunteers (n = 12) that Hct values can be derived reliably from venous blood T1 values by comparison with the conventional lab test. Together with CBF measured using phase-contrast MRI, this noninvasive estimation of Hct, instead of using a population-averaged Hct value, enabled more individual determination of oxygen delivery (DO2 ), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2 )...
October 11, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023590/de-novo-assembly-and-analysis-of-the-transcriptome-of-rumex-patientia-l-during-cold-stress
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Jianxin Liu, Yongqing Xu, Liguo Zhang, Wei Li, Zhenxue Cai, Fei Li, Mu Peng, Fenglan Li, Baozhong Hu
BACKGROUND: Rumex patientia L. is consumed as a green vegetable in several parts of the world, and can withstand extremely low temperatures (-35°C). However, little or no available genomic data for this species has been reported to date. Here, we used Illumina Hiseq technology for transcriptome assembly in R. patientia under normal and cold conditions to evaluate how it responds to cold stress. RESULTS: After an in-depth RNA-Seq analysis, 115,589 unigenes were produced from the assembled transcripts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019942/nadph-oxidase-related-pathophysiology-in-experimental-models-of-stroke
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Hiroshi Yao, Tetsuro Ago, Takanari Kitazono, Toru Nabika
Several experimental studies have indicated that nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidases (Nox) exert detrimental effects on ischemic brain tissue; Nox-knockout mice generally exhibit resistance to damage due to experimental stroke following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Furthermore, our previous MCAO study indicated that infarct size and blood-brain barrier breakdown are enhanced in mice with pericyte-specific overexpression of Nox4, relative to levels observed in controls. However, it remains unclear whether Nox affects the stroke outcome directly by increasing oxidative stress at the site of ischemia, or indirectly by modifying physiological variables such as blood pressure or cerebral blood flow (CBF)...
October 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993728/age-drives-distortion-of-brain-metabolic-vascular-and-cognitive-functions-and-the-gut-microbiome
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Jared D Hoffman, Ishita Parikh, Stefan J Green, George Chlipala, Robert P Mohney, Mignon Keaton, Bjoern Bauer, Anika M S Hartz, Ai-Ling Lin
Advancing age is the top risk factor for the development of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the contribution of aging processes to AD etiology remains unclear. Emerging evidence shows that reduced brain metabolic and vascular functions occur decades before the onset of cognitive impairments, and these reductions are highly associated with low-grade, chronic inflammation developed in the brain over time. Interestingly, recent findings suggest that the gut microbiota may also play a critical role in modulating immune responses in the brain via the brain-gut axis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992987/the-resting-perfusion-pattern-associates-with-functional-decline-in-type-2-diabetes
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Weiying Dai, Wenna Duan, Freddy J Alfaro, Anna Gavrieli, Fotini Kourtelidis, Vera Novak
We investigated the relationships between cerebral blood flow (CBF), cognitive, and mobility decline in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) over a 2-year period. Seventy-three participants (41 T2DM and 32 controls) were evaluated using volumetric CBF with arterial spin labeling perfusion magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and at the 2-year follow-up. Regions with significant CBF differences between T2DM participants and controls at baseline were detected using voxel-wise analysis. Correlation analysis was performed to investigate the association between regional CBF and cognitive or mobility performance over the 2-year span...
September 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992272/neural-predictors-of-emotional-inertia-in-daily-life
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Christian E Waugh, Elaine Z Shing, Bradley M Avery, Youngkyoo Jung, Christopher T Whitlow, Joseph A Maldjian
Assessing emotional dynamics in the brain offers insight into the fundamental neural and psychological mechanisms underlying emotion. One such dynamic is emotional inertia-the influence of one's emotional state at one time point on one's emotional state at a subsequent time point. Emotion inertia reflects emotional rigidity and poor emotion regulation as evidenced by its relationship to depression and neuroticism. In this study, we assessed changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) from before to after an emotional task and used these changes to predict stress, positive and negative emotional inertia in daily life events...
September 1, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991728/screening-for-cognitive-impairment-by-model-assisted-cerebral-blood-flow-estimation
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Toni Lassila, Luigi Yuri Di Marco, Micaela Mitolo, Vincenzo Iaia, Giorgio Levedianos, Annalena Venneri, Alejandro F Frangi
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative disease; a major health concern in the ageing population with an estimated prevalence of 46 million dementia cases worldwide. Early diagnosis is therefore crucial so mitigating treatments can be initiated at an early stage. Cerebral hypoperfusion has been linked with blood-brain barrier dysfunction in the early stages of AD, and screening for chronic cerebral hypoperfusion in individuals has been proposed for improving the early diagnosis of AD...
October 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990847/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-from-respiratory-events-to-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction
#18
Sofia Morra, François Roubille
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an emerging and independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases; coronary artery disease (CAD) is higher in OSA patients, even in the absence of other traditional cardiovascular risk factors. There is little evidence to show abnormalities in coronary blood flow (CBF) and disorders in coronary vascular resistance (CVR), occurring during the obstructive respiratory event, suggesting coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) as a potential mechanism of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) OSA-as a related consequence...
October 9, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990261/heated-air-humidification-versus-cold-air-nebulization-in-newly-tracheostomized-patients
#19
Richard Birk, Alexander Händel, Angela Wenzel, Benedikt Kramer, Christoph Aderhold, Karl Hörmann, Boris A Stuck, J Ulrich Sommer
BACKGROUND: After tracheostomy, the airway lacks an essential mechanism for warming and humidifying the inspired air with the consequent functional impairment and discomfort. The purpose of this study was to compare airway hydration with cold-air nebulization versus heated high-flow humidification on medical interventions and tracheal ciliary beat frequency (CBF). METHODS: Newly tracheostomized patients (n = 20) were treated either with cold-air nebulization or heated humidification...
October 9, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987832/postoperative-cerebral-ischemia-due-to-hypotension-in-a-moyamoya-patient-with-autonomic-dysfunction-a-case-report
#20
Toshio Machida, Yoshinori Higuchi, Shigeki Nakano, Satoshi Ishige, Junichiro Shimada, Koichi Honma
BACKGROUND: Hypotension is a significant risk factor for the development of ischemic complication following revascularization surgery for moyamoya disease (MMD). However, it is currently unknown whether autonomic dysfunction also plays a role. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here we report a case of MMD in which hypotension due to autonomic dysfunction caused postoperative cerebral ischemia. A 30-year-old female patient with MMD had a history of transient right hemiparesis following laughter...
October 4, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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