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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634726/connexin-channels-at-the-glio-vascular-interface-gatekeepers-of-the-brain
#1
Marijke De Bock, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Neuronal survival, electrical signaling and synaptic activity require a well-balanced micro-environment in the central nervous system. This is achieved by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), an endothelial barrier situated in the brain capillaries, that controls near-to-all passage in and out of the brain. The endothelial barrier function is highly dependent on signaling interactions with surrounding glial, neuronal and vascular cells, together forming the neuro-glio-vascular unit. Within this functional unit, connexin (Cx) channels are of utmost importance for intercellular communication between the different cellular compartments...
June 20, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627405/the-effects-of-dietary-leucine-on-the-growth-performances-body-composition-metabolic-abilities-and-innate-immune-responses-in-black-carp-mylopharyngodon-piceus
#2
Chenglong Wu, Lian Chen, Zhibin Lu, Jun'e Gao, Yudan Chu, Liang Li, Ming Wang, Geying Zhang, Miaotong Zhang, Jinyun Ye
The present study was focused on the growth, body composition, metabolic abilities and innate immune responses in juvenile black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus fed with six levels of dietary leucine (7.3, 12.4, 16.2, 21.9, 28.3 and 34.5 g kg(-1)) for 9 weeks. Results showed that the highest weight gain (WG) and the lowest feed conversion ratio (FCR) was obtained at 23.5 and 23.9 g kg(-1) dietary leucine using second-order polynomial model, respectively. Adequate dietary leucine content (21.9 and 28.3 g kg(-1)) could significantly up-regulate the expression levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and ghrelin (GRL) in the brain of black carp juveniles...
June 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625240/-dynamic-changes-of-complement-level-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-its-relationships-with-myocardial-injury
#3
Aihong Shao, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Wenguang Hou, Yanfang Qi, Yue Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study relationships between myocardial injury and the levels of serum complement C3, C4 and C5b-9 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. 170 ACS patients [including 110 cases of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 60 cases of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS)] with ischemic chest pain or chest discomfort onset within the prior 12 hours admitted to the cardiology department of Tianjin Union Medicine Center from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620416/antiphospholipid-syndrome-multiple-manifestations-in-a-single-patient-a-high-suspicion-is-still-needed
#4
Uroosa Ibrahim, Shiksha Kedia, Gwenalyn Garcia, Jean Paul Atallah
Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder with clinical and laboratory features of vascular thrombosis, pregnancy loss, and persistent antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs). The pathophysiology is thought to involve the activation of endothelial cells, monocytes, platelets, and complement by aPLs. Disease can range from asymptomatic to rapidly fatal catastrophic APS. We present a case of a 34-year-old male referred for pancytopenia and splenomegaly. On examination, he had decreased sensation and 4/5 power in the left upper extremity...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620341/the-intersection-between-ocular-and-manual-motor-control-eye-hand-coordination-in-acquired-brain-injury
#5
REVIEW
John-Ross Rizzo, Maryam Hosseini, Eric A Wong, Wayne E Mackey, James K Fung, Edmond Ahdoot, Janet C Rucker, Preeti Raghavan, Michael S Landy, Todd E Hudson
Acute and chronic disease processes that lead to cerebral injury can often be clinically challenging diagnostically, prognostically, and therapeutically. Neurodegenerative processes are one such elusive diagnostic group, given their often diffuse and indolent nature, creating difficulties in pinpointing specific structural abnormalities that relate to functional limitations. A number of studies in recent years have focused on eye-hand coordination (EHC) in the setting of acquired brain injury (ABI), highlighting the important set of interconnected functions of the eye and hand and their relevance in neurological conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619656/the-large-scale-functional-connectivity-correlates-of-consciousness-and-arousal-during-the-healthy-and-pathological-human-sleep-cycle
#6
REVIEW
Enzo Tagliazucchi, Eus J W van Someren
Advances in neuroimaging have greatly improved our understanding of human sleep from a systems neuroscience perspective. However, cognition and awareness are reduced during sleep, hindering the applicability of standard task-based paradigms. Methods recently developed to study spontaneous brain activity fluctuations have proven useful to overcome this limitation. In this review, we focus on the concept of functional connectivity (FC, i.e. statistical covariance between brain activity signals) and its application to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data acquired during sleep...
June 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619425/using-endogenous-saccades-to-characterize-fatigue-in-multiple-sclerosis
#7
Marisa Ferreira, Paulo A Pereira, Marta Parreira, Inês Sousa, José Figueiredo, João J Cerqueira, Antonio F Macedo
PURPOSE: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is likely to cause dysfunction of neural circuits between brain regions increasing brain working load or a subjective overestimation of such working load leading to fatigue symptoms. The aim of this study was to investigate if saccades can reveal the effect of fatigue in patients with MS. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with MS (EDSS<=3) and age matched controls were recruited. Eye movements were monitored using an infrared eyetracker...
May 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607426/analysis-of-the-brain-palmitoyl-proteome-using-both-acyl-biotin-exchange-and-acyl-resin-assisted-capture-methods
#8
Matthew J Edmonds, Bethany Geary, Mary K Doherty, Alan Morgan
Palmitoylation is a reversible post-translational protein modification in which palmitic acid is added to cysteine residues, allowing association with different cellular membranes and subdomains. Recently, techniques have been developed to identify palmitoylation on a proteome-wide scale in order to reveal the full cellular complement of palmitoylated proteins. However, in the studies reported to date, there is considerable variation between the sets of identified palmitoyl-proteins and so there remains some uncertainty over what constitutes the definitive complement of palmitoylated proteins even in well-studied tissues such as brain...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601603/enhanced-classical-complement-pathway-activation-and-altered-phagocytosis-signaling-molecules-in-human-epilepsy
#9
Season K Wyatt, Thomas Witt, Nicholas M Barbaro, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Amy L Brewster
Microglia-mediated neuroinflammation is widely associated with seizures and epilepsy. Although microglial cells are professional phagocytes, less is known about the status of this phenotype in epilepsy. Recent evidence supports that phagocytosis-associated molecules from the classical complement (C1q-C3) play novel roles in microglia-mediated synaptic pruning. Interestingly, in human and experimental epilepsy, altered mRNA levels of complement molecules were reported. Therefore, to identify a potential role for complement and microglia in the synaptodendritic pathology of epilepsy, we determined the protein levels of classical complement proteins (C1q-C3) along with other phagocytosis signaling molecules in human epilepsy...
June 7, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596596/optical-mapping-of-neuronal-activity-during-seizures-in-zebrafish
#10
L Turrini, C Fornetto, G Marchetto, M C Müllenbroich, N Tiso, A Vettori, F Resta, A Masi, G Mannaioni, F S Pavone, F Vanzi
Mapping neuronal activity during the onset and propagation of epileptic seizures can provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying this pathology and improve our approaches to the development of new drugs. Recently, zebrafish has become an important model for studying epilepsy both in basic research and in drug discovery. Here, we employed a transgenic line with pan-neuronal expression of the genetically-encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6s to measure neuronal activity in zebrafish larvae during seizures induced by pentylenetretrazole (PTZ)...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595555/microdialysis-assessed-adipose-tissue-metabolism-in-critically-ill-patients
#11
Ioannis Ilias, Nikitas Nikitas, Maria Theodorakopoulou, Ioanna Dimopoulou
BACKGROUND: Microdialysis is a minimally invasive technique that allows direct in situ and in vivo sampling, studies and manipulations of the interstitial/extracellular fluid/space. It has been shown to be of use mainly in acute brain injury/neurocritical care. METHODS: Microdialysis has been used to study obesity, diabetes mellitus, inflammation and pharmacokinetics at the adipose tissue level. In critically ill patients (and particularly in those with sepsis or septic shock), within days to weeks, adipose tissue shows profound alterations; under such conditions the implementation of microdialysis can provide researchers with interesting findings...
June 8, 2017: Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593894/5th-rare-disease-south-eastern-europe-see-meeting-skopje-macedonia-november-15th-2016
#12
Zoran Gucev, Velibor Tasic, Momir Polenakovic
The fifth SEE meeting on rare diseases (RDs) was held in Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA) the November 11th, 2016. Several lectures dealt with mucopolysaccharidosis, glycogen storage diseases and the possibilities for their diagnosis and treatment. Enzyme replacement treatment (ERT), its availability, effects (or the lack of it) on the brain, and further prospects of eventual gene treatment were comprehensively exposed and discussed. Special accent was on Gaucher, Morquio IVA, Hunter and the audience was given new knowledge on the complexities of diagnosis and treatment...
March 1, 2017: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591570/compromised-survival-of-cerebellar-molecular-layer-interneurons-lacking-gdnf-receptors-gfr%C3%AE-1-or-ret-impairs-normal-cerebellar-motor-learning
#13
Maria Christina Sergaki, Juan Carlos López-Ramos, Stefanos Stagkourakis, Agnès Gruart, Christian Broberger, José María Delgado-García, Carlos F Ibáñez
The role of neurotrophic factors as endogenous survival proteins for brain neurons remains contentious. In the cerebellum, the signals controlling survival of molecular layer interneurons (MLIs) are unknown, and direct evidence for the requirement of a full complement of MLIs for normal cerebellar function and motor learning has been lacking. Here, we show that Purkinje cells (PCs), the target of MLIs, express the neurotrophic factor GDNF during MLI development and survival of MLIs depends on GDNF receptors GFRα1 and RET...
June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588065/the-hierarchical-cortical-organization-of-human-speech-processing
#14
Wendy A de Heer, Alexander G Huth, Thomas L Griffiths, Jack L Gallant, Frédéric E Theunissen
Speech comprehension requires that the brain extract semantic meaning from the spectral features represented at the cochlea. To investigate this process, we performed an fMRI experiment in which five men and two women passively listened to several hours of natural narrative speech. We then used voxel-wise modeling to predict BOLD responses based on three different feature spaces that represent the spectral, articulation, and semantic properties of speech. The amount of variance explained by each feature space was then assessed using a separate validation dataset...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585542/loss-of-function-chchd10-mutations-in-cytoplasmic-tdp-43-accumulation-and-synaptic-integrity
#15
Jung-A A Woo, Tian Liu, Courtney Trotter, Cenxiao C Fang, Emillio De Narvaez, Patrick LePochat, Drew Maslar, Anusha Bukhari, Xingyu Zhao, Andrew Deonarine, Sandy D Westerheide, David E Kang
Although multiple CHCHD10 mutations are associated with the spectrum of familial and sporadic frontotemporal dementia-amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS) diseases, neither the normal function of endogenous CHCHD10 nor its role in the pathological milieu (that is, TDP-43 pathology) of FTD/ALS have been investigated. In this study, we made a series of observations utilizing Caenorhabditis elegans models, mammalian cell lines, primary neurons and mouse brains, demonstrating that CHCHD10 normally exerts a protective role in mitochondrial and synaptic integrity as well as in the retention of nuclear TDP-43, whereas FTD/ALS-associated mutations (R15L and S59L) exhibit loss of function phenotypes in C...
June 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583171/comparison-of-neurons-derived-from-mouse-p19-rat-pc12-and-human-sh-sy5y-cells-in-the-assessment-of-chemical-and-toxin-induced-neurotoxicity
#16
Dina Popova, Jessica Karlsson, Stig O P Jacobsson
BACKGROUND: Exposure to chemicals might be toxic to the developing brain. There is a need for simple and robust in vitro cellular models for evaluation of chemical-induced neurotoxicity as a complement to traditional studies on animals. In this study, neuronally differentiated mouse embryonal carcinoma P19 cells (P19 neurons) were compared with human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells and rat adrenal pheochromocytoma PC12 cells for their ability to detect toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg), okadaic acid and acrylamide...
June 5, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581635/targeted-unlabeled-mrm-analysis-of-cell-markers-for-the-study-of-sample-heterogeneity-in-isolated-rat-brain-cortical-microvessels
#17
David Gomez-Zepeda, Catarina Chaves, Meryam Taghi, Philippe Sergent, Wang-Qing Liu, Cerina Chhuon, Michel Vidal, Martin Picard, Elizabeth Thioulouse, Isabelle Broutin, Ida-Chiara Guerrera, Jean-Michel Scherrmann, Yannick Parmentier, Xavier Decleves, Marie-Claude Menet
LC-MS/MS-based targeted absolute protein quantification (in fmol of the analyte protein per μg of total protein) is employed for the molecular characterization of the blood brain barrier (BBB) using isolated brain microvessels. Nevertheless, the heterogeneity of the sample regarding the levels of different cells co-isolated within the microvessels and BSA contamination (from buffers) are not always evaluated. We developed an unlabeled targeted LC-MS/MS method to survey the levels of endothelial cells (ECs), astrocytes and pericytes, as well as BSA contaminant in rat cortical microvessels...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572274/caspr2-autoantibodies-are-raised-during-pregnancy-in-mothers-of-children-with-mental-retardation-and-disorders-of-psychological-development-but-not-autism
#18
Ester Coutinho, Leslie Jacobson, Marianne Giørtz Pedersen, Michael Eriksen Benros, Bent Nørgaard-Pedersen, Preben Bo Mortensen, Paul J Harrison, Angela Vincent
BACKGROUND, METHODS AND OBJECTIVES: Maternal autoantibodies to neuronal proteins may be one cause of neurodevelopmental disorders. This exploratory study used the Danish archived midgestational sera and their nationwide registers to search for antibodies to the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) and contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) in maternal sera, and to relate them to subsequent psychiatric diagnoses in the woman or her child. RESULTS: In a sample of 192 women, there was no association between antibody status and subsequent psychosis in the mothers...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567523/bystander-mechanism-for-complement-initiated-early-oligodendrocyte-injury-in-neuromyelitis-optica
#19
Lukmanee Tradtrantip, Xiaoming Yao, Tao Su, Alex J Smith, Alan S Verkman
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (herein called NMO) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in which immunoglobulin G antibodies against astrocyte water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4-IgG) cause demyelination and neurological deficit. Injury to oligodendrocytes, which do not express AQP4, links the initiating pathogenic event of AQP4-IgG binding to astrocyte AQP4 to demyelination. Here, we report evidence for a complement 'bystander mechanism' to account for early oligodendrocyte injury in NMO in which activated, soluble complement proteins following AQP4-IgG binding to astrocyte AQP4 result in deposition of the complement membrane attack complex (MAC) on nearby oligodendrocytes...
July 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566460/mesoscale-duration-activated-states-gate-spiking-in-response-to-fast-rises-in-membrane-voltage-in-the-awake-brain
#20
Annabelle C Singer, Giovanni Talei Franzesi, Suhasa B Kodandaramaiah, Francisco J Flores, Jeremy D Cohen, Albert K Lee, Christoph Börgers, Craig R Forest, Nancy J Kopell, Edward S Boyden
Seconds-scale network states, affecting many neurons within a network, modulate neural activity by complementing fast integration of neuron-specific inputs that arrive in the milliseconds before spiking. Non-rhythmic subthreshold dynamics at intermediate timescales, however, are less well-characterized. We found, using automated whole cell patch clamping in vivo, that spikes recorded in CA1 and barrel cortex in awake mice are often preceded not only by monotonic voltage rises lasting milliseconds, but also by more gradual (lasting 10s-100s of ms) depolarizations...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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