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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777961/non-viral-delivery-of-an-optogenetic-tool-into-cells-with-self-healing-hydrogel
#1
Fu-Yu Hsieh, Hao-Wei Han, Xiao-Ru Chen, Chii-Shen Yang, Yen Wei, Shan-Hui Hsu
Optogenetics offers unique, temporally precise control of neural activity in genetically targeted specific neurons that express light-sensitive opsin molecules. Three-dimensional (3D) delivery of optogenetics can be realized by co-injection of bacteriorhodopsin (HEBR) plasmid with a chitosan-based self-healing hydrogel with strong shear-thinning properties. The HEBR protein shows photoelectrical properties and can be used as an optical switch for cell activation. We optimize the shear force generated during the process of injection (∼100 Pa), which is transient because of the self-healing nature of the hydrogel...
May 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777894/endoscopic-transnasal-resection-of-solitary-fibrous-tumor-in-the-optic-canal
#2
Seiei Torazawa, Masahiro Shin, Hirotaka Hasegawa, Ryohei Otani, Keisuke Ueki, Nobuhito Saito
BACKGROUND: Tumors extending into the optic canal can cause progressive visual impairment due to optic nerve compression, and prompt surgical resection is often necessary. When the tumor is located medially in the optic canal, endoscopic transnasal surgery provides a safer, less invasive alternative to trans-cranial approach. CASE DESCRIPTION: We recently encountered a case of small solitary fibrous tumor in the optic canal causing rapid visual deterioration. The radiographic findings of pre-operative imaging studies were compatible with those of meningioma; however, unlike meningioma, bleeding from the tumor was very profuse during the operation...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777305/the-distribution-of-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-and-associations-with-age-refraction-and-axial-length-the-gutenberg-health-study
#3
Esther M Hoffmann, Irene Schmidtmann, Angeliki Siouli, Alexander K Schuster, Manfred E Beutel, Norbert Pfeiffer, Julia Lamparter
PURPOSE: To evaluate the distribution of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness as measured by optical coherence tomography and its associations with ocular parameters in a population-based setting. METHODS: In the population-based Gutenberg Health Study, 1974 subjects from the Mainz-Bingen region were scheduled for ophthalmologic examinations, including visual acuity, refraction, tonometry, biometry, and measurements of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (pRNFL) by optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT, Spectralis®, Heidelberg Engineering, Germany)...
May 18, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775216/neuroimmflammation-and-microglia-in-glaucoma-time-for-a-paradigm-shift
#4
REVIEW
Xin Wei, Kin-Sang Cho, Eric F Thee, Martine J Jager, Dong Feng Chen
Glaucoma is a complex neurodegenerative disease with many clinical subtypes. Some of its rare forms include pigmentary glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. While they all share common features of progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve damage and corresponding visual field loss, the exact mechanisms underlying glaucomatous neuron loss are not clear. This has largely hindered the development of a real cure for this disease. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a known major risk factor of glaucoma; however, progressive degeneration of RGCs and axons can also be found in patients with a normal IOP, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775013/-effects-of-highly-selective-branches-neurotomy-of-vidian-nerve-with-low-temperature-plasma-on-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide-in-nasal-mucosal-cells-of-patients-with-allergic-rhinitis
#5
P He, X J Jin, H Zhao
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of highly selective branches neurotomy of vidian nerve with low temperature plasma on the level of vasoactive intestinal peptide in nasal mucosa of patients with allergic rhinitis. Method: Fifty patients with allergic rhinitis were selected as the experimental group. At the same time, 50 normal adults in our hospital were selected as the control group. Highly selective branches neurotomy of vidian nerve with low temperature plasma was performed to observe the changes of vascular intestinal peptide levels in patients with nasal mucosa and the clinical efficacy...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774297/parasitic-and-zoonotic-meningoencephalitis-in-humans-and-equids-current-knowledge-and-the-role-of-halicephalobus-gingivalis
#6
REVIEW
ThankGod E Onyiche, Theresa O Okute, Oluwasina S Oseni, Dennis O Okoro, Abdullahi A Biu, Albert W Mbaya
Halicephalobus gingivalis is a saprophytic nematode parasite that causes a rare form of fatal meningoencephalomyelitis in equids, humans, and ruminants. This nematode has neurotropic activity, but has also been found in the kidney, liver, lungs, optic nerves and even heart of its host. Despite the zoonotic potential and severity of the disease, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, life cycle, and risk factors are poorly understood. Cases have been reported from several countries in Europe countries and North America but none is recorded in Africa except Egypt...
February 2018: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774191/traumatic-optic-neuropathy
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REVIEW
Sun Young Jang
Traumatic optic neuropathy (TON) refers to optic nerve injury resulting from direct and indirect head and facial trauma. The pathogenesis of indirect TON has not been fully elucidated, and the management of TON remains controversial. In this review article, I review the recent literature regarding TON and discuss how to manage indirect TON.
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771751/utility-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-the-evaluation-of-sellar-and-parasellar-mass-lesions
#8
Omar Al-Louzi, Sashank Prasad, Robert M Mallery
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Anterior visual pathway compression is a common feature of sellar region masses. We review the visual pathway neuroanatomy pertaining to sellar and parasellar lesions and describe recent advances in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging that have provided a novel quantitative perspective in the evaluation and management of such patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Ultrastructural measurements of optic nerve integrity using OCT, namely peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL) and the ganglion cell and inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) thicknesses, have been shown to correlate with visual acuity and visual field deficits on perimetry in patients with compressive sellar region masses...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771733/haemodilution-and-head-down-tilting-induce-functional-injury-in-the-rat-optic-nerve-a-model-for-peri-operative-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#9
Steven Roth, John Dreixler, Nancy J Newman
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms of peri-operative ischaemic optic neuropathy remain poorly understood. Both specific pre-operative and intra-operative factors have been examined by retrospective studies, but no animal model currently exists. OBJECTIVES: To develop a rodent model of peri-operative ischaemic optic neuropathy. In rats, we performed head-down tilt and/or haemodilution, theorising that the combination damages the optic nerve. DESIGN: Animal study...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770287/ultra-early-optic-nerve-decompression-for-the-resection-of-anterior-clinoidal-meningioma
#10
Soichi Oya, Toru Matsui
Improvement in vision is one of the main goals of surgery for anterior clinoidal meningiomas with visual deficits. Early optic nerve decompression surgery has been advocated in previous studies to achieve the best visual outcome. Through this video, the authors describe their surgical techniques to decompress the optic nerve at the very early stage of surgery. A 35-year-old patient presented with subjective blurry vision in the right eye over the last 8 months. Magnetic resonance images showed a 3.2-cm meningioma arising at the right anterior clinoid...
February 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770286/resection-of-an-optic-canal-meningioma-through-a-contralateral-subfrontal-approach-with-endoscopic-assistance-a-2d-operative-video
#11
Moujahed Labidi, Kentaro Watanabe, Anne-Laure Bernat, Shunya Hanakita, Sébastien Froelich
Objective  To review the use of the contralateral subfrontal approach for the resection of an optic canal meningioma. Design  Operative video. Results  A meningioma, located in the inferomedial side of the optic canal ( Fig. 1 ), was found to cause significant visual deterioration. The subfrontal route was preferred to expose the tumor without mobilization of the optic nerve. Drilling of the anterior limb of the chiasmatic sulcus (limbus sphenoidale) provided adequate exposure of the medial aspect of the optic canal...
February 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769654/morphological-and-functional-changes-in-the-rat-retina-associated-with-2-months-of-intermittent-moderate-intraocular-pressure-elevation
#12
Bingyao Tan, Akshay Gurdita, Vivian Choh, Karen M Joos, Ratna Prasad, Kostadinka Bizheva
Morphological and functional changes in the rat retina and optic nerve head (ONH), associated with 8 weeks of intermittent moderately elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured with a combined ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT) and electroretinography (ERG) system. The IOP of male Sprague-Dawley rats was raised in one eye to ~35 mmHg for 1 hour/day on 6 days each week using vascular loops. Single-flash ERG traces and volumetric UHR-OCT images of the ONH were acquired from both eyes before, during and after IOP elevations at weeks 1, 5 and 9 of the study...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769526/a-whole-genome-sequence-study-identifies-genetic-risk-factors-for-neuromyelitis-optica
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Karol Estrada, Christopher W Whelan, Fengmei Zhao, Paola Bronson, Robert E Handsaker, Chao Sun, John P Carulli, Tim Harris, Richard M Ransohoff, Steven A McCarroll, Aaron G Day-Williams, Benjamin M Greenberg, Daniel G MacArthur
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the optic nerve and spinal cord. Most NMO patients ( > 70%) are seropositive for circulating autoantibodies against aquaporin 4 (NMO-IgG+). Here, we meta-analyze whole-genome sequences from 86 NMO cases and 460 controls with genome-wide SNP array from 129 NMO cases and 784 controls to test for association with SNPs and copy number variation (total N = 215 NMO cases, 1244 controls). We identify two independent signals in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region associated with NMO-IgG+, one of which may be explained by structural variation in the complement component 4 genes...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769037/a-method-for-estimating-relative-changes-in-the-synaptic-density-in-drosophila-central-nervous-system
#14
Dipti Rai, Swagata Dey, Krishanu Ray
BACKGROUND: Synapse density is an essential indicator of development and functioning of the central nervous system. It is estimated indirectly through the accumulation of pre and postsynaptic proteins in tissue sections. 3D reconstruction of the electron microscopic images in serial sections is one of the most definitive means of estimating the formation of active synapses in the brain. It is tedious and highly skill-dependent. Confocal imaging of whole mounts or thick sections of the brain provides a natural alternative for rapid gross estimation of the synapse density in large areas...
May 16, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768927/ultrasonographic-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-to-detect-increased-intracranial-pressure-in-adults-a-meta-analysis
#15
Sung-Eun Kim, Eun Pyo Hong, Heung Cheol Kim, Si Un Lee, Jin Pyeong Jeon
Background The optimal optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) cut-off for identifying increased intracranial pressure (IICP) remains unclear in adult patients. Purpose To validate the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonographic (US) ONSD > 5.0 mm as a cut-off for detecting IICP by computed tomographic (CT) through a meta-analysis. Material and Methods A systemic literature review was performed of online databases from January 1990 to September 2017. A bivariate random-effects model was used to estimate pooled sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768445/nogo-receptor-1-is-expressed-by-nearly-all-retinal-ganglion-cells
#16
Alexander M Solomon, Teleza Westbrook, Greg D Field, Aaron W McGee
A variety of conditions ranging from glaucoma to blunt force trauma lead to optic nerve atrophy. Identifying signaling pathways for stimulating axon growth in the optic nerve may lead to treatments for these pathologies. Inhibiting signaling by the nogo-66 receptor 1 (NgR1) promotes the re-extension of axons following a crush injury to the optic nerve, and while NgR1 mRNA and protein expression are observed in the retinal ganglion cell (RGC) layer and inner nuclear layer, which retinal cell types express NgR1 remains unknown...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768295/requirement-for-head-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-children-who-present-to-the-emergency-department-with-acute-nontraumatic-visual-disturbance
#17
Jeong-Yong Lee, Jung-Heon Kim, Hyung-Rae Cho, Jong-Seung Lee, Jeong-Min Ryu, Mi-Sun Yum, Tae-Sung Ko
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the clinical features and head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in children who presented to the emergency department with acute nontraumatic visual disturbance and to study related clinical factors for discovering positive lesions on head MRI. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 1-month to 15-year-old children who underwent head MRI as an evaluation for acute nontraumatic visual disturbance as a chief complaint in our pediatric emergency department between March 2010 and March 2015...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767815/the-effect-of-glatiramer-acetate-on-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-in-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-a-longitudinal-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#18
Robert Zivadinov, Eleonora Tavazzi, Jesper Hagemeier, Ellen Carl, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a technique that allows for the assessment of retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT) and total macular volume (TMV), which reflect neuroaxonal integrity within the retina. As such it has been used in multiple sclerosis (MS) to study neurodegeneration. Glatiramer acetate (GA) is a widely used treatment for MS, which is suggested to have a possible neuroprotective role. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess RFNLT and TMV changes in relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients who started treatment with GA and were followed for a 24-month period...
May 16, 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767632/reply-to-comment-on-invasive-and-noninvasive-means-of-measuring-intracranial-pressure-a-review
#19
Xuan Zhang, Joshua E Medow, Bermans J Iskandar, Fa Wang, Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Joyce Koueik, John G Webster
In their comments, Drs. De Bernardo and Rosa stated that our paper was missing several references
 related to optic nerve sheath diameter ONSD assessments. Specifically, they state that we neglected to
 mention that ultrasound has been used since the 1970s, that we did not emphasize the role of
 Standardized A scans, and they reference some of their publications in which they emphasize the
 importance of these scans in diagnosing optic nerve lesions and benign intracranial hypertension...
May 16, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766041/report-on-the-national-eye-institute-s-audacious-goals-initiative-creating-a-cellular-environment-for-neuroregeneration
#20
Marie E Burns, Beth Stevens
The cellular environment of the CNS is non-permissive for growth and regeneration. In the retina, transplantation of stem cells has been limited by inefficient survival and integration into existing circuits. In November 2016, as part of the National Eye Institute's Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), a diverse collection of investigators gathered for a workshop devoted to articulating the gaps in knowledge, barriers to progress, and ideas for new approaches to understanding cellular environments within the retina and how these environments may be manipulated...
March 2018: ENeuro
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