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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533787/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-provides-new-insights-into-cold-responses-in-thellungiella-salsuginea
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Jiangshan Wang, Quan Zhang, Feng Cui, Lei Hou, Shuzhen Zhao, Han Xia, Jingjing Qiu, Tingting Li, Ye Zhang, Xingjun Wang, Chuanzhi Zhao
Low temperature is one of the major environmental stresses that affects plant growth and development, and leads to decrease in crop yield and quality. Thellungiella salsuginea (salt cress) exhibits high tolerance to chilling, is an appropriate model to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cold tolerance. Here, we compared transcription changes in the roots and leaves of T. salsuginea under cold stress using RNA-seq. We identified 2,782 and 1,430 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in leaves and roots upon cold treatment, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529871/subtle-alterations-in-cerebrovascular-reactivity-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-detected-by-graph-theoretical-analysis-and-not-by-the-standard-approach
#2
Carlos A Sánchez-Catasús, Gretel Sanabria-Diaz, Antoon Willemsen, Eduardo Martinez-Montes, Juan Samper-Noa, Angel Aguila-Ruiz, Ronald Boellaard, Peter De Deyn, Rudi A J O Dierckx, Lester Melie-Garcia
There is growing support that cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) in response to a vasodilatory challenge, also defined as the cerebrovascular reserve, is reduced in Alzheimer's disease dementia. However, this is less clear in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The current standard analysis may not reflect subtle abnormalities in CVR. In this study, we aimed to investigate vasodilatory-induced changes in the topology of the cerebral blood flow correlation (CBFcorr) network to study possible network-related CVR abnormalities in MCI...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528845/comparison-of-3-and-7-t-asl-techniques-for-concurrent-functional-perfusion-and-bold-studies
#3
Dimo Ivanov, Anna Gardumi, Roy Am Haast, Josef Pfeuffer, Benedikt A Poser, Kâmil Uludağ
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is the primary non-invasive MRI approach to measure baseline cerebral blood flow (CBF) in healthy subjects and patients. ASL also allows concurrent functional BOLD signal and CBF measurements, but the latter typically suffers from low contrast-to-noise (CNR) ratio. Ultra-high-field imaging significantly boosts BOLD signal CNR. However, it is contested whether also CBF CNR benefits from increasing magnetic field strength, especially given that technical challenges related to field inhomogeneities and power deposition constraints exist...
May 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526782/acute-impact-of-drinking-coffee-on-the-cerebral-and-systemic-vasculature
#4
Takuro Washio, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Shigehiko Ogoh
Previous studies have suggested that the risk of ischemic stroke increases immediately after drinking coffee. Indeed, drinking coffee, that is, caffeine, acutely increases arterial stiffness as well as blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance. On the other hand, it has been reported that arterial stiffening is associated with elevation in the pulsatility index (PI) of cerebral blood flow (CBF), which increases the risk of brain disease. However, the effect of drinking coffee on the PI of the CBF and its interaction with arterial stiffness remain unknown...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525836/arterial-spin-labelling-shows-functional-depression-of-non-lesion-tissue-in-chronic-wernicke-s-aphasia
#5
Holly Robson, Karsten Specht, Helen Beaumont, Laura M Parkes, Karen Sage, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Roland Zahn
Behavioural impairment post-stroke is a consequence of structural damage and altered functional network dynamics. Hypoperfusion of intact neural tissue is frequently observed in acute stroke, indicating reduced functional capacity of regions outside the lesion. However, cerebral blood flow (CBF) is rarely investigated in chronic stroke. This study investigated CBF in individuals with chronic Wernicke's aphasia (WA) and examined the relationship between lesion, CBF and neuropsychological impairment. Arterial spin labelling CBF imaging and structural MRIs were collected in 12 individuals with chronic WA and 13 age-matched control participants...
November 10, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523351/severity-specific-alterations-in-cbf-oef-and-cmro2-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
#6
Gang Zheng, Hanzhang Lu, Wenkui Yu, Song Luo, Ya Liu, Wei Liu, Hui Liu, Long Wu, Lijuan Zheng, Xiang Kong, Long Jiang Zhang, Guang Ming Lu
OBJECTIVES: To assess how the severity of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) affects perfusion and metabolic changes in cirrhotic patients and the association between severity and liver disease and anemia. METHODS: The study groups comprised 31 healthy subjects and 33 cirrhotic patients who underwent MR examinations, and blood and neuropsychological tests. Of the cirrhotic patients, 14 were unaffected, and 11 had covert HE (CHE) and 8 overt HE (OHE). Global cerebral blood flow (CBF), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2) were noninvasively measured by phase-contrast and T2-relaxation-under-spin-tagging MRI...
May 18, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522372/effective-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-peptide-mutant-cbf-14-2-against-penicillin-resistant-bacteria-based-on-its-unnatural-amino-acids
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Wei Kang, Hanhan Liu, Lingman Ma, Mengxiao Wang, Shanshan Wei, Pengbo Sun, Meiling Jiang, Min Guo, Changlin Zhou, Jie Dou
Broad spectrum activities, a unique mode of actions and rare resistant variants make antimicrobial peptide (AMP) a potential alternative to antibiotics. However, AMPs still have limitations in clinical development due to their physiological stability, toxicity and manufacturing costs. Cbf-14, derived from cathelicidin-BF has been proven to be effective against drug-resistant bacteria. Herein, a series of Cbf-14 mutants were designed to overcome these limitations. Design strategies included substitutions of lysine (Lys) or leucine (Leu) with similar residues such as ornithine (Orn) and norleucine (Ile), which are unnatural amino acids, to generate AMPs with enhanced therapeutic potential...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521048/altered-coupling-between-resting-state-cerebral-blood-flow-and-functional-connectivity-in-schizophrenia
#8
Jiajia Zhu, Chuanjun Zhuo, Lixue Xu, Feng Liu, Wen Qin, Chunshui Yu
Background: Respective changes in resting-state cerebral blood flow (CBF) and functional connectivity in schizophrenia have been reported. However, their coupling alterations in schizophrenia remain largely unknown. Methods: 89 schizophrenia patients and 90 sex- and age-matched healthy controls underwent resting-state functional MRI to calculate functional connectivity strength (FCS) and arterial spin labeling imaging to compute CBF. The CBF-FCS coupling of the whole gray matter and the CBF/FCS ratio (the amount of blood supply per unit of connectivity strength) of each voxel were compared between the 2 groups...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516844/clues-for-two-step-virion-infectivity-factor-regulation-by-core-binding-factor-beta
#9
Youwei Ai, Jianzhang Ma, Xiaojun Wang
Lentiviruses threaten human and animal health. Virion infectivity factor (Vif) is essential for the infectivity of most lentiviruses, except for the equine infectious anaemia virus (EIAV). Vif promotes viral infectivity by recruiting a Cullin-based E3 ligase to induce the degradation of a class of host restriction factors, named APOBEC3. Core binding factor beta (CBF-β) is necessary for several primate lentiviral Vif functions, including HIV-1 Vif. Although much progress has been made in understanding the contribution of CBF-β to Vif function, the precise mechanism has not yet been fully elucidated...
May 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515434/cerebral-blood-flow-regulation-and-neurovascular-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-disease
#10
REVIEW
Kassandra Kisler, Amy R Nelson, Axel Montagne, Berislav V Zlokovic
Cerebral blood flow (CBF) regulation is essential for normal brain function. The mammalian brain has evolved a unique mechanism for CBF control known as neurovascular coupling. This mechanism ensures a rapid increase in the rate of CBF and oxygen delivery to activated brain structures. The neurovascular unit is composed of astrocytes, mural vascular smooth muscle cells and pericytes, and endothelia, and regulates neurovascular coupling. This Review article examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms within the neurovascular unit that contribute to CBF control, and neurovascular dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease...
May 18, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513057/systemic-inflammation-and-alterations-to-cerebral-blood-flow-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#11
Hsiu-Ling Chen, Hsin-Ching Lin, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Pei-Chin Chen, Chih-Cheng Huang, Kun-Hsien Chou, Mao-Chang Su, Michael Friedman, Yi-Wen Chen, Wei-Che Lin
Systemic inflammation and alterations to regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) have been reported previously in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study utilized arterial spin labelling (ASL) perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate CBF in OSA patients and determine its relationship with systemic inflammation. Twenty male patients with moderate and severe OSA [apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) >15] and 16 healthy male volunteers (AHI <5) were recruited. Early- or late-phase changes in leucocyte apoptosis and its subsets were determined by flow cytometry...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511572/mtor-drives-cerebral-blood-flow-and-memory-deficits-in-ldlr-mice-modeling-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Jordan B Jahrling, Ai-Ling Lin, Nicholas DeRosa, Stacy A Hussong, Candice E Van Skike, Milena Girotti, Martin Javors, Qingwei Zhao, Leigh Ann Maslin, Reto Asmis, Veronica Galvan
We recently showed that mTOR attenuation blocks progression and abrogates established cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease (AD) mouse models. These outcomes were associated with the restoration of cerebral blood flow (CBF) and brain vascular density (BVD) resulting from relief of mTOR inhibition of NO release. Recent reports suggested a role of mTOR in atherosclerosis. Because mTOR drives aging and vascular dysfunction is a universal feature of aging, we hypothesized that mTOR may contribute to brain vascular and cognitive dysfunction associated with atherosclerosis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510716/phosphorylation-of-the-transcriptional-repressor-myb15-by-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-6-is-required-for-freezing-tolerance-in-arabidopsis
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Sun Ho Kim, Ho Soo Kim, Sunghwa Bahk, Jonguk An, Yeji Yoo, Jae-Yean Kim, Woo Sik Chung
The expression of CBF (C-repeat-binding factor) genes is required for freezing tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. CBFs are positively regulated by INDUCER OF CBF EXPRESSION1 (ICE1) and negatively regulated by MYB15. These transcription factors directly interact with specific elements in the CBF promoters. Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK/MPK) cascades function upstream to regulate CBFs. However, the mechanism by which MPKs control CBF expression during cold stress signaling remains unknown. This study showed that the activity of MYB15, a transcriptional repressor of cold signaling, is regulated by MPK6-mediated phosphorylation...
May 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507896/intraoperative-resection-control-using-arterial-spin-labeling-proof-of-concept-reproducibility-of-data-and-initial-results
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Thomas Lindner, Hajrullah Ahmeti, Isabel Lübbing, Michael Helle, Olav Jansen, Michael Synowitz, Stephan Ulmer
OBJECTIVES: Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging is a unique tool for visualizing structures during resection and/or for updating any kind of neuronavigation that might be hampered as a result of brain shift during surgery. Advanced MRI techniques such as perfusion-weighted imaging have already proven to be important in the initial diagnosis preoperatively, but can also help to differentiate between tumor and surgically induced changes intraoperatively. Commonly used methods to visualize brain perfusion include contrast agent administration and are therefore somewhat limited...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506695/d816v-mutation-in-the-kit-gene-activation-loop-has-a-greater-cell-proliferative-and-anti-apoptotic-ability-than-n822k-mutation-in-core-binding-factor-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#15
Ikuko Omori, Hiroki Yamaguchi, Koichi Miyake, Noriko Miyake, Tomoaki Kitano, Koiti Inokuchi
In core binding factor-acute myeloid leukemia (CBF-AML), there have been conflicting reports regarding the status as an unfavorable prognostic factor of mutation in the KIT gene, whose significance therefore remains unclear. We have reported previously that prognosis differs between the KIT D816V and N822K mutations. In the present study, we undertook an in vitro comparison of the cell-proliferative and anti-apoptotic ability of D816V and N822K. We transduced these KIT mutations into the IL-3-dependent cell line TF-1 (TF-1 KIT(D816V), TF-1 KIT(N822K))...
May 12, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506501/sympathetic-control-of-the-brain-circulation-appreciating-the-complexities-to-better-understand-the-controversy
#16
Patrice Brassard, Michael M Tymko, Philip N Ainslie
Although the human cerebral circulation is richly innervated with sympathetic nerve fibers, the role of sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) on the regulation of cerebral blood flow (CBF) remains debated. Several issues may be responsible for the conflicting conclusions reported in the animal vs. human literature in regards to the sympathetic control of the brain circulation. Furthermore, due to the physiological consequences associated with SNA blockade (e.g. changes in blood pressure and cardiac output), and differences in methodology (e...
May 5, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506213/voxel-wise-correlations-between-cognition-and-cerebral-blood-flow-using-arterial-spin-labeled-perfusion-mri-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Tomohiro Kaneta, Omi Katsuse, Takamasa Hirano, Matsuyoshi Ogawa, Ayako Shihikura-Hino, Keisuke Yoshida, Toshinari Odawara, Yoshio Hirayasu, Tomio Inoue
BACKGROUND: To analyze voxel-wise correlation between cerebral blood flow (CBF) measured using ASL-MRI and cognition in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: Forty-one patients diagnosed with AD or mild cognitive impairment due to AD were recruited for this study. CBF images were obtained using ASL-MRI (n = 41) with a post-labeling delay (PLD) of 1.5 and 2.5 s (PLD1.5 and PLD2.5, respectively) using a 3 T scanner, in addition to brain perfusion SPECT with N-isopropyl-4-[I-123]iodoamphetamine (n = 28)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505626/discrimination-between-patients-with-alzheimer-disease-and-healthy-subjects-using-layer-analysis-of-cerebral-blood-flow-and-xenon-solubility-coefficient-in-xenon-enhanced-computed-tomography
#18
Shigeru Sase, Homaro Yamamoto, Ena Kawashima, Xin Tan, Yutaka Sawa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a method for discriminating between patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) and healthy subjects using layer analysis of cerebral blood flow (CBF) and xenon solubility coefficient (λ) in xenon-enhanced computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Xenon-enhanced CT was performed on 27 patients with AD (81.7 [3.3] years old) and 15 healthy volunteers (78.6 [4.0] years old) using a wide volume CT. For each subject, we created the first- (surface) to sixth-layer images of CBF and λ for the 6 viewing directions (layer thickness, 5 mm)...
May 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502528/neural-response-to-catecholamine-depletion-in-remitted-bulimia-nervosa-relation-to-depression-and-relapse
#19
Stefanie Verena Mueller, Yoan Mihov, Andrea Federspiel, Roland Wiest, Gregor Hasler
Bulimia nervosa has been associated with a dysregulated catecholamine system. Nevertheless, the influence of this dysregulation on bulimic symptoms, on neural activity, and on the course of the illness is not clear yet. An instructive paradigm for directly investigating the relationship between catecholaminergic functioning and bulimia nervosa has involved the behavioral and neural responses to experimental catecholamine depletion. The purpose of this study was to examine the neural substrate of catecholaminergic dysfunction in bulimia nervosa and its relationship to relapse...
May 11, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500300/alterations-of-cerebral-perfusion-in-asymptomatic-internal-carotid-artery-steno-occlusive-disease
#20
Ya-Fang Chen, Sung-Chun Tang, Wen-Chau Wu, Hsien-Li Kao, Yen-Shu Kuo, Shun-Chung Yang
Patients with asymptomatic occlusion in the internal carotid arteries (ICA) have been shown to have a better preserved hemodynamic status of the brain as compared to patients with symptoms. This study was aimed to explore the cerebral perfusion alterations in asymptomatic patients using multi-parametric arterial spin-labeling (ASL) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Forty-two patients diagnosed with asymptomatic ICA stenosis/occlusion were prospectively included and divided into high-grade (ultrasonographic stenosis ≥70%, N = 20) and low-grade groups (N = 22)...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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