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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320188/clinical-significance-of-changes-in-serum-neuroglobin-and-hif-1%C3%AE-concentrations-during-the-early-phase-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Lixia Xue, Hao Chen, Kaili Lu, Jiankang Huang, Hao Duan, Yuwu Zhao
BACKGROUND: Neuroglobin (NGB) has been described as a neuroprotective agent in cerebral ischemia, hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) has shown an important role in modulating hypoxic and ischemic injury, and therefore they have the potential to impact outcomes after acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Thus, we investigated early changes in the concentrations of serum NGB and HIF-1α after AIS and evaluated the relations of both NGB and HIF-1α to stroke severity and prognosis. METHODS: We prospectively measured the serum concentrations of NGB and HIF-1α in 40 patients with AIS at 24, 48, 72, and 96h after stroke...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320183/ischemic-optic-neuropathy-as-a-model-of-neurodegenerative-disorder-a-review-of-pathogenic-mechanism-of-axonal-degeneration-and-the-role-of-neuroprotection
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REVIEW
Saba Khalilpour, Shahrzad Latifi, Ghazaleh Behnammanesh, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid, Aman Shah Abdul Majid, Ali Tamayol
Optic neuropathy is a neurodegenerative disease which involves optic nerve injury. It is caused by acute or intermittent insults leading to visual dysfunction. There are number of factors, responsible for optic neuropathy, and the optic nerve axon is affected in all type which causes the loss of retinal ganglion cells. In this review we will highlight various mechanisms involved in the cell loss cascades during axonal degeneration as well as ischemic optic neuropathy. These mechanisms include oxidative stress, excitotoxicity, angiogenesis, neuroinflammation and apoptosis following retinal ischemia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320167/caffeine-creatine-grin2a-and-parkinson-s-disease-progression
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David K Simon, Cai Wu, Barbara C Tilley, Katja Lohmann, Christine Klein, Haydeh Payami, Anne-Marie Wills, Michael J Aminoff, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Richard Dewey, Robert A Hauser, Susen Schaake, Jay S Schneider, Saloni Sharma, Carlos Singer, Caroline M Tanner, Daniel Truong, Peng Wei, Pei Shieen Wong, Tianzhong Yang
Caffeine is neuroprotective in animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) and caffeine intake is inversely associated with the risk of PD. This association may be influenced by the genotype of GRIN2A, which encodes an NMDA-glutamate-receptor subunit. In two placebo-controlled studies, we detected no association of caffeine intake with the rate of clinical progression of PD, except among subjects taking creatine, for whom higher caffeine intake was associated with more rapid progression. We now have analyzed data from 420 subjects for whom DNA samples and caffeine intake data were available from a placebo-controlled study of creatine in PD...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320113/alzheimer-s-disease-elevated-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-is-mostly-of-systemic-origin
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Veronika Lang, Marietta Zille, Carmen Infante-Duarte, Sven Jarius, Holger Jahn, Friedemann Paul, Klemens Ruprecht, Ana Luisa Pina
Pigment-epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a neurotrophic factor with neuroprotective, anti-tumorigenic, and anti-angiogenic effects. Elevated levels of PEDF have previously been proposed as a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker for Alzheimer's disease. However, the origin of PEDF in CSF, i.e. whether it is derived from the brain or from the systemic circulation, and the specificity of this finding hitherto remained unclear. Here, we analyzed levels of PEDF in paired CSF and serum samples by ELISA in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD, n=12), frontotemporal dementia (FTD, n=6), vascular dementia (n=4), bacterial meningitis (n=8), multiple sclerosis (n=32), pseudotumor cerebri (n=36), and diverse non-inflammatory neurological diseases (n=19)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320100/drosophila-melanogaster-a-potential-model-organism-for-identification-of-pharmacological-properties-of-plants-plant-derived-components
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REVIEW
Komal Panchal, Anand K Tiwari
Plants/plant-derived components have been used from ancient times to treat/cure several human diseases. Plants and their parts possess several chemical components that play the vital role in the improvement of human health and their life expectancy. Allopathic medicines have been playing a key role in the treatment of several diseases. Though allopathic medicines provide fast relief, long time consumption cause serious health concerns such as hyperallergic reactions, liver damage, etc. So, the study of medicinal plants which rarely cause any side effect is very important to mankind...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320070/dexpramipexole-improves-bioenergetics-and-outcome-in-experimental-stroke
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Mirko Muzzi, Elisabetta Gerace, Daniela Buonvicino, Elisabetta Coppi, Francesco Resta, Laura Formentini, Riccardo Zecchi, Laura Tigli, Daniele Guasti, Martina Ferri, Emidio Camaioni, Alessio Masi, Domenico E Pellegrini-Giampietro, Guido Mannaioni, Daniele Bani, Anna M Pugliese, Alberto Chiarugi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of dexpramipexole, a drug recently tested in ALS patients able to bind F1Fo ATP synthase and increase mitochondrial ATP production, on experimental ischemic brain injury. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The effects of dexpramipexole on bioenergetics, Ca(2+) fluxes, electrophysiological functions and death were evaluated in primary neural cultures and hippocampal slices exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). The drug's impact on infarct volumes and neurological functions was also evaluated in mice subjected to proximal or distal MCAo...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319750/unfavorable-effect-of-levetiracetam-on-cultured-hippocampal-neurons-after-hyperthermic-injury
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Krzysztof Sendrowski, Piotr Sobaniec, Elżbieta Poskrobko, Małgorzata Rusak, Wojciech Sobaniec
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the viability of neurons and the putative neuroprotective effects of second-generation antiepileptic drug, levetiracetam (LEV), on cultured hippocampal neurons injured by hyperthermia. METHODS: Primary cultures of rat's hippocampal neurons at 7day in vitro (DIV) were incubated in the presence or absence of LEV in varied concentrations under hyperthermic conditions. Cultures were heated in a temperature of 40°C for 24h or in a temperature of 41°C for 6h...
January 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318214/preterm-labor-prevention-and-management
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Kristen Rundell, Bethany Panchal
In the United States, preterm delivery is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and is the most common reason for hospitalization during pregnancy. The rate of preterm delivery (before 37 weeks' gestation) has been declining since 2007. Clinical diagnosis of preterm labor is made if there are regular contractions and concomitant cervical change. Less than 10% of women with a clinical diagnosis of preterm labor will deliver within seven days of initial presentation. Women with a history of spontaneous preterm delivery are 1...
March 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317920/kus121-a-vcp-modulator-attenuates-ischemic-retinal-cell-death-via-suppressing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Masayuki Hata, Hanako O Ikeda, Chinami Kikkawa, Sachiko Iwai, Yuki Muraoka, Tomoko Hasegawa, Akira Kakizuka, Nagahisa Yoshimura
Ischemic neural damages cause several devastating diseases, including brain stroke and ischemic retinopathies, and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been proposed to be the underlying mechanism of the neuronal cell death of these conditions. We previously synthesized Kyoto University substances (KUSs) as modulators of valosin-containing protein (VCP); KUSs inhibit VCP ATPase activity and protect cells from different cell death-inducing insults. Here, we examined the efficacy of KUS121 in a rat model of retinal ischemic injury...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317899/minocycline-treatment-suppresses-juvenile-development-and-growth-by-attenuating-insulin-tor-signaling-in-drosophila-animal-model
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Hyun Myoung Yun, Sujin Noh, Seogang Hyun
Minocycline is a broad spectrum, semi-synthetic tetracycline analog that is used to treat bacterial infection. Recently, this drug has been receiving increasing attention for its non-antibiotic properties, including anti-inflammatory, tumor suppressive, and neuroprotective effects. Drosophila is a useful model organism for studying human metabolism and disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of minocycline on juvenile development and growth in Drosophila. Feeding minocycline to Drosophila larvae suppresses larval body growth and delays the timing of pupation in a dose-dependent manner...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317317/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-caffeine-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Mahshad Kolahdouzan, Mazen J Hamadeh
Caffeine is the most widely used psychostimulant in Western countries, with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties. In Alzheimer's disease (AD), caffeine is beneficial in both men and women, in humans and animals. Similar effects of caffeine were observed in men with Parkinson's disease (PD); however, the effect of caffeine in female PD patients is controversial due to caffeine's competition with estrogen for the estrogen-metabolizing enzyme, CYP1A2. Studies conducted in animal models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) showed protective effects of A2A R antagonism...
April 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317245/efficient-discovery-of-quality-control-markers-for-gastrodia-elata-tuber-by-fingerprint-efficacy-relationship-modelling
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Mingfang Li, Yuan Du, Long Wang, Lilong Jiang, Xiaodong Ma, Ping Zhou, Ping Li, Huijun Li
INTRODUCTION: Gastrodia elata tuber (GET) has been widely used in China as a famous herbal medicine. However, the quality control markers (QCMs) for GET still need further investigation. OBJECTIVE: To develop a rational strategy based on fingerprint-efficacy relationship modelling to discover the efficacy-related QCMs, using GET as a case study. METHODOLOGY: The high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) fingerprints of 13 batches of GET extracts were established and 10 common peaks were structurally characterised by HPLC coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (QTOF-MS)...
March 20, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316021/hemin-protects-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-induced-apoptosis-activation-via-neuroglobin-in-sh-sy5y-cells
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Yun-Jia Wang, Qian-Yi Peng, Song-Yun Deng, Cai-Xia Chen, Long Wu, Li Huang, Li-Na Zhang
This study aimed to investigate the mechanism underlying the neuroprotective effect of hemin in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated neurons. OGD-treated SH-SY5Y cells (human neuroblastoma cells) were used in the study. The cellular viability of SH-SY5Y cells was assessed by the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, and the cell apoptosis rate was determined by flow cytometry analysis with Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate and propidium iodide staining with or without hemin pretreatment...
March 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315992/omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-decreases-dna-damage-in-brain-of-rats-subjected-to-a-chemically-induced-chronic-model-of-tyrosinemia-type-ii
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Milena Carvalho-Silva, Lara M Gomes, Giselli Scaini, Joyce Rebelo, Adriani P Damiani, Maiara Pereira, Vanessa M Andrade, Fernanda F Gava, Samira S Valvassori, Patricia F Schuck, Gustavo C Ferreira, Emilio L Streck
Tyrosinemia type II is an inborn error of metabolism caused by a mutation in a gene encoding the enzyme tyrosine aminotransferase leading to an accumulation of tyrosine in the body, and is associated with neurologic and development difficulties in numerous patients. Because the accumulation of tyrosine promotes oxidative stress and DNA damage, the main aim of this study was to investigate the possible antioxidant and neuroprotective effects of omega-3 treatment in a chemically-induced model of Tyrosinemia type II in hippocampus, striatum and cerebral cortex of rats...
March 18, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315868/cerebellar-fastigial-nucleus-electrical-stimulation-alleviates-depressive-like-behaviors-in-post-stroke-depression-rat-model-and-potential-mechanisms
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Lei Zhang, Mingkui Zhao, Ru-Bo Sui
OBJECTIVE: To identify the molecular mechanism of post-stroke depression (PSD), and observe the therapeutic effects of cerebellar fastigial nucleus electrical stimulation (FNS) on the behaviors and regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in a PSD rat model. METHODS: Healthy SD rats were randomly divided into four groups (sham, stroke, post-stroke depress and FNS group). Sham group (n = 6) underwent sham operation. The other three groups (n = 6*3) underwent MCAO. Rats were examined twice a week in open filed test...
March 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315776/cleistocalyx-nervosum-var-paniala-berry-fruit-protects-neurotoxicity-against-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-apoptosis
#16
Monruedee Sukprasansap, Pithi Chanvorachote, Tewin Tencomnao
Oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stresses cause neuronal damage leading to neurodegenerative disorders. Cleistocalyx nervosum var. paniala (CNP) berry fruit has been shown to possess powerful antioxidant properties. Here, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of CNP extract against glutamate-mediated oxidative/ER stress-induced cell death in mouse hippocampal neuronal HT22 cells. CNP extract was clarified for its radical scavenging activities, total phenolic and anthocyanin contents. The key anthocyanin cyanidin-3-glucoside was used as a marker to standardize the extract used in the study...
March 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315758/tat-pep-a-novel-blocker-of-pirb-enhances-the-recovery-of-cognitive-function-in-mice-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia
#17
Liya Li, Bin Deng, Shuang Li, Tao Jiang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Qiang Wang
Neuronal damage and axonal regeneration inhibition are the main reasons to poor functional recovery after ischemia. Nogo-A signals inhibit axon outgrowth through the PirB receptor after ischemic reperfusion injury in central nervous system. We use TAT-PEP, a novel protein which could pass through the blood brain barrier, to block the function of PirB and identify the long-term neurological and behavioral recovery after bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in mice. We observed that TAT-PEP promoted neuron survival and inhibited neuronal apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315352/bilirubin-and-brain-a-pharmacological-approach
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REVIEW
Cesare Mancuso
For many decades, the world scientific literature has accounted for a number of works on the biological effects of bilirubin-IXalpha (BR). The first studies focused on the neurotoxic effects of the excessive production of BR, in particular regarding both physiological neonatal jaundice and the more severe ones, typically as consequences of severe hemolysis or other underlying diseases. Only since 1987, has significant evidence, however, underlined the neuroprotective role of BR linked to the scavenging effect of free radicals as reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide and its congeners...
March 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315303/neuroprotective-effect-of-2-hydroxy-arachidonic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-transient-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
#19
I F Ugidos, M Santos-Galdiano, D Pérez-Rodríguez, B Anuncibay-Soto, E Font-Belmonte, D J López, M Ibarguren, X Busquets, A Fernández López
Stroke modifies the composition of cell membranes by eliciting the breakdown of membrane phospholipids whose products, such as arachidonic acid (AA), are released in the cytosol. The action of enzymes such as cyclooxygenases on AA leads to inflammatory stimuli and increases the cell oxidative stress. We report here the neuroprotective effect of 2-hydroxyarachidonic acid (2OAA), a cyclooxygenase inhibitor derived from AA, as a promising neuroprotective therapy against stroke. The effect of a single dose of 2OAA, administered intragastrically 1 hour after the ischaemic insult, in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) was tested after 24 hours of reperfusion...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315291/perspectives-of-stem-cell-based-therapy-for-age-related-retinal-degenerative-diseases
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Vladimir Holan, Barbora Hermankova, Jan Kossl
Retinal degenerative diseases, which include age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, mostly affect the elderly population, and are the most common cause of decreased quality of vision or even blindness. So far, there is no satisfactory treatment protocol to prevent, stop or cure these disorders. A great hope and promise for patients suffering from retinal diseases is represented by stem cell-based therapy which could replace diseased or missing retinal cells, and support regeneration...
March 17, 2017: Cell Transplantation
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