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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548988/toward-precision-medicine-tailoring-interventional-strategies-based-on-noninvasive-brain-stimulation-for-motor-recovery-after-stroke
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Philipp J Koch, Friedhelm C Hummel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To support the recovery of disability and the reduced functional capacity influencing the independence of daily life after focal brain lesions like stroke, the application of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial electric stimulation has been found useful in the last decades. Still, a positive influence on the recovery seems to be restricted to specific subgroups of patients. Therefore, a closer look on individual parameters influencing the recovery course and the effect of NIBS is needed...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548593/bilateral-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-primary-meige-syndrome
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Shikun Zhan, Fafa Sun, Yixin Pan, Wei Liu, Peng Huang, Chunyan Cao, Jing Zhang, Dianyou Li, Bomin Sun
OBJECTIVE Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of primary Meige syndrome. However, assessments of its efficacy and safety have been limited to several case reports and small studies. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective study to assess the efficacy and safety of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation in 15 patients with primary Meige syndrome who responded poorly to medical treatments or botulinum toxin injections. Using the movement and disability subscores of the Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale, the authors evaluated the severity of patients' dystonia and related before surgery and at final follow-up during neurostimulation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548240/viscoelastic-computational-modeling-of-the-human-head-neck-system-eigenfrequencies-and-time-dependent-analysis
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E Boccia, A Gizzi, C Cherubini, M G C Nestola, S Filippi
A subject-specific three-dimensional viscoelastic finite element model of the human head-neck system is presented and investigated based on Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance biomedical images. Ad hoc imaging processing tools are developed for the reconstruction of the simulation domain geometry and the internal distribution of bone and soft tissues. Materials viscoelastic properties are characterized point-wise through an image-based interpolating function used then for assigning the constitutive prescriptions of a heterogenous viscoelastic continuum model...
May 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546584/delta-coherence-in-resting-state-eeg-predicts-the-reduction-in-cigarette-craving-after-hypnotic-aversion-suggestions
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Xiaoming Li, Ru Ma, Liangjun Pang, Wanwan Lv, Yunlu Xie, Ying Chen, Pengyu Zhang, Jiawen Chen, Qichao Wu, Guanbao Cui, Peng Zhang, Yifeng Zhou, Xiaochu Zhang
Cigarette craving is a key contributor of nicotine addiction. Hypnotic aversion suggestions have been used to help smoking cessation and reduce smoking relapse rates but its neural basis is poorly understood. This study investigated the underlying neural basis of hypnosis treatment for nicotine addiction with resting state Electroencephalograph (EEG) coherence as the measure. The sample consisted of 42 male smokers. Cigarette craving was measured by the Tobacco Craving Questionnaire. The 8-minute resting state EEG was recorded in baseline state and after hypnotic induction in the hypnotic state...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546109/background-activity-and-visual-responsiveness-of-caudate-nucleus-neurons-in-halothane-anaesthetised-and-in-awake-behaving-cats
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Balázs Barkóczi, Tamás Nagypál, Diána Nyujtó, Xénia Katona, Gabriella Eördegh, Balázs Bodosi, György Benedek, Gábor Braunitzer, Attila Nagy
This study focuses on the important question whether brain activity recorded from anaesthetised, paralyzed animals is comparable to that recorded from awake, behaving ones. We compared neuronal activity recorded from the caudate nucleus (CN) of two halothane-anaesthetised, paralyzed and two awake, behaving cats. In both models, extracellular recordings were made from the CN during static and dynamic visual stimulation. The anaesthesia was maintained during the recordings by a gaseous mixture of air and halothane (1...
May 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544993/muscarinic-receptor-m4-positive-allosteric-modulators-attenuate-central-effects-of-cocaine
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Camilla Dall, Pia Weikop, Ditte Dencker, Anna C Molander, Gitta Wörtwein, P Jeffrey Conn, Anders Fink-Jensen, Morgane Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Cocaine addiction is a chronic brain disease affecting neurotransmission. Muscarinic cholinergic receptors modulate dopaminergic signaling in the reward system, and muscarinic receptor stimulation can block direct reinforcing effects of cocaine. Here, we tested the hypothesis that specific muscarinic M4 receptor stimulation can attenuate the discriminative stimulus effects and conditioned rewarding effects of cocaine, measures believed to predict the ability of cocaine and cocaine-associated cues to elicit relapse to drug taking...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544891/emergence-of-ultrafast-sparsely-synchronized-rhythms-and-their-responses-to-external-stimuli-in-an-inhomogeneous-small-world-complex-neuronal-network
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Sang-Yoon Kim, Woochang Lim
We consider an inhomogeneous small-world network (SWN) composed of inhibitory short-range (SR) and long-range (LR) interneurons, and investigate the effect of network architecture on emergence of synchronized brain rhythms by varying the fraction of LR interneurons plong. The betweenness centralities of the LR and SR interneurons (characterizing the potentiality in controlling communication between other interneurons) are distinctly different. Hence, in view of the betweenness, SWNs we consider are inhomogeneous, unlike the "canonical" Watts-Strogatz SWN with nearly the same betweenness centralities...
April 28, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544784/presynaptic-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-with-a-homozygous-sequence-variant-in-lama5-combines-myopia-facial-tics-and-failure-of-neuromuscular-transmission
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Ricardo A Maselli, Juan Arredondo, Jessica Vázquez, Jessica X Chong, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Marian Lara, Fiona Ng, Victoria L Lo, Peter Pytel, Craig M McDonald
Defects in genes encoding the isoforms of the laminin alpha subunit have been linked to various phenotypic manifestations, including brain malformations, muscular dystrophy, ocular defects, cardiomyopathy, and skin abnormalities. We report here a severe defect of neuromuscular transmission in a consanguineous patient with a homozygous variant in the laminin alpha-5 subunit gene (LAMA5). The variant c.8046C>T (p.Arg2659Trp) is rare and has a predicted deleterious effect. The affected individual, who also carries a rare homozygous sequence variant in LAMA1, had muscle weakness, myopia, and facial tics...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544664/to-reproduce-or-work-insect-castes-emerge-from-socially-induced-changes-in-nutrition-related-genes
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Amy L Toth
In social species, there is a fundamental trade-off between 'me' and 'we'; that is, should I reproduce, or should I work to help others to reproduce? In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Okada et al. () delve into the evolution and genetic mechanisms of this core question, focusing on social caste formation in insects. The authors take advantage of a unique ant in the genus Diacamma, which has secondarily lost the classic, highly different queens and workers found in many other ants, bees and wasps. Instead, Diacamma ant castes are decided via aggressive dominance interactions among adult females, similar to dominance hierarchies seen in primitively social insects and many social vertebrates...
June 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543773/degradation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-by-the-immunoproteasome-in-astrocytes-a-potential-interferon-%C3%AE-dependent-mechanism-contributing-to-hiv-neuropathogenesis
#10
Colleen E Kovacsics, Alexander J Gill, Surendra S Ambegaokar, Benjamin B Gelman, Dennis L Kolson
Induction of the detoxifying enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a critical protective host response to cellular injury associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. We previously found that HO-1 protein expression is reduced in brains of HIV-infected individuals with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and in HIV-infected macrophages, where this reduction associates with enhanced glutamate release and neurotoxicity. Because HIV-infected macrophages are a small component of the cellular content of the brain, the reduction of macrophage HO-1 expression likely accounts for a small portion of brain HO-1 loss in HIV infection...
May 22, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543314/subclinical-hypothyroidism-and-risk-of-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-a-hospital-based-observational-study
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Xiaohao Zhang, Yi Xie, Caixia Ding, Jing Xiao, Yinyan Tang, Xuemei Jiang, Hua Shan, Yuankai Lin, Yujia Zhu, Chuanyou Li, Dan Hu, Zhixiang Ling, Gelin Xu, Lei Sheng
OBJECTIVE: Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) has been associated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of ischemic stroke. However, whether SCH is associated with cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) remains largely unexplored. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between SCH and total cSVD burden, a composite measurement detected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in patients with minor ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). DESIGN: This was a prospective observational cohort study conducted in a tertiary referral hospital...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542400/intracellular-ca2-homeostasis-and-jak1-stat3-pathway-are-involved-in-the-protective-effect-of-propofol-on-bv2-microglia-against-hypoxia-induced-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Yan Lu, Yuechao Gu, Xiaowei Ding, Jiaqiang Wang, Jiawei Chen, Changhong Miao
BACKGROUND: Perioperative hypoxia may induce microglial inflammation and apoptosis, resulting in brain injury. The neuroprotective effect of propofol against hypoxia has been reported, but the underlying mechanisms are far from clear. In this study, we explored whether and how propofol could attenuate microglia BV2 cells from CoCl2-induced hypoxic injury. METHODS: Mouse microglia BV2 cells were pretreated with propofol, and then stimulated with CoCl2. TNF-α level in the culture medium was measured by ELISA kit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542001/acetaminophen-metabolite-n-acylphenolamine-induces-analgesia-via-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-receptors-expressed-on-the-primary-afferent-terminals-of-c-fibers-in-the-spinal-dorsal-horn
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Nobuko Ohashi, Daisuke Uta, Mika Sasaki, Masayuki Ohashi, Yoshinori Kamiya, Tatsuro Kohno
BACKGROUND: The widely used analgesic acetaminophen is metabolized to N-acylphenolamine, which induces analgesia by acting directly on transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 or cannabinoid 1 receptors in the brain. Although these receptors are also abundant in the spinal cord, no previous studies have reported analgesic effects of acetaminophen or N-acylphenolamine mediated by the spinal cord dorsal horn. We hypothesized that clinical doses of acetaminophen induce analgesia via these spinal mechanisms...
May 25, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541930/progress-in-artificial-vision-through-suprachoroidal-retinal-implants
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Lilach Bareket, Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Marc Patrick Zapf, Nigel H Lovell, Gregg J Suaning
Retinal implants have proven their ability to restore visual sensation to people with degenerative retinopathy, characterized by photoreceptor cell death and the retina's inability to sense light. Retinal bionics operate by electrically stimulating the surviving neurons in the retina, thus triggering the transfer of visual sensory information to the brain. Suprachoroidal implants were first investigated in Australia in the 1950s. In this approach, the neuromodulation hardware is positioned between the sclera and the choroid, thus providing significant surgical and safety benefits for patients, with the potential to maintain residual vision combined with the artificial input from the device...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541408/loss-of-homeostatic-microglia-and-patterns-of-their-activation-in-active-multiple-sclerosis
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Tobias Zrzavy, Simon Hametner, Isabella Wimmer, Oleg Butovsky, Howard L Weiner, Hans Lassmann
Microglia and macrophages accumulate at the sites of active demyelination and neurodegeneration in the multiple sclerosis brain and are thought to play a central role in the disease process. We used recently described markers to characterize the origin and functional states of microglia/macrophages in acute, relapsing and progressive multiple sclerosis. We found microglia activation in normal white matter of controls and that the degree of activation increased with age. This microglia activation was more pronounced in the normal-appearing white matter of patients in comparison to controls and increased with disease duration...
May 24, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541256/modulation-of-brainstem-activity-and-connectivity-by-respiratory-gated-auricular-vagal-afferent-nerve-stimulation-in-migraine-patients
#16
Ronald G Garcia, Richard L Lin, Jeungchan Lee, Jieun Kim, Riccardo Barbieri, Roberta Sclocco, Ajay D Wasan, Robert R Edwards, Bruce R Rosen, Nouchine Hadjikhani, Vitaly Napadow
Migraine pathophysiology includes altered brainstem excitability, and recent neuromodulatory approaches aimed at controlling migraine episodes have targeted key brainstem relay and modulatory nuclei. In this study, we evaluated the impact of respiratory-gated auricular vagal afferent nerve stimulation (RAVANS), a novel neuromodulatory intervention based on an existing transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation approach, in the modulation of brainstem activity and connectivity in migraine patients. We applied 3T-functional magnetic resonance imaging with improved in-plane spatial resolution (2...
April 25, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541214/investigating-synchronous-oscillation-and-deep-brain-stimulation-treatment-in-a-model-of-cortico-basal-ganglia-network
#17
Meili Lu, Xile Wei, Kenneth A Loparo
Altered firing properties and increased pathological oscillations in the basal ganglia have been proven to be hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. Increasing evidence suggests that abnormal synchronous oscillations and suppression in the cortex may also play a critical role in the pathogenic process and treatment of Parkinson's disease. In our study, a new closed-loop network including the cortex and basal ganglia using the Izhikevich models is proposed to investigate the synchrony and pathological oscillations in motor circuits and their modulation by deep brain stimulation (DBS)...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541211/cortical-brain-computer-interface-for-closed-loop-deep-brain-stimulation
#18
Jeffrey Herron, Margaret Thompson, Tim Brown, Howard Chizeck, Jeffrey Ojemann, Andrew Ko
Essential Tremor is the most common neurological movement disorder. This progressive disease causes uncontrollable rhythmic motions-most often affecting the patient's dominant upper extremity-that occur during volitional movement and make it difficult for the patient to perform everyday tasks. Medication may also become ineffective as the disorder progresses. For many patients, deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamus is an effective means of treating this condition when medication fails. In current use, however, clinicians set the patient's stimulator to apply stimulation at all times-whether it is needed or not...
May 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540926/entorhinal-cortical-deep-brain-stimulation-rescues-memory-deficits-in-both-young-and-old-mice-genetically-engineered-to-model-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Frances Xia, Adelaide Yiu, Scellig Sd Stone, Soojin Oh, Andres M Lozano, Sheena A Josselyn, Paul W Frankland
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive cognitive decline. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat a variety of brain disorders and shows promise in alleviating cognitive symptoms in some AD patients (Laxton et al., 2010). We previously showed that DBS of the entorhinal cortex (EC) enhances spatial memory formation in normal (wild-type) mice (Stone et al., 2011). Here we tested the effects of EC-DBS on the progressive cognitive deficits in a genetically-based mouse model of AD...
May 25, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539912/using-brain-oscillations-and-corticospinal-excitability-to-understand-and-predict-post-stroke-motor-function
#20
Aurore Thibaut, Marcel Simis, Linamara Rizzo Battistella, Chiara Fanciullacci, Federica Bertolucci, Rodrigo Huerta-Gutierrez, Carmelo Chisari, Felipe Fregni
What determines motor recovery in stroke is still unknown and finding markers that could predict and improve stroke recovery is a challenge. In this study, we aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms of motor function recovery after stroke using neurophysiological markers by means of cortical excitability (transcranial magnetic stimulation-TMS) and brain oscillations (electroencephalography-EEG). In this cross-sectional study, 55 subjects with chronic stroke (62 ± 14 yo, 17 women, 32 ± 42 months post-stroke) were recruited in two sites...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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