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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651064/progranulin-as-a-biomarker-and-potential-therapeutic-agent
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REVIEW
Vanessa Abella, Jesús Pino, Morena Scotece, Javier Conde, Francisca Lago, Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Gay, Antonio Mera, Rodolfo Gómez, Ali Mobasheri, Oreste Gualillo
Progranulin is a cysteine-rich secreted protein with diverse pleiotropic actions and participates in several processes, such as inflammation or tumorigenesis. Progranulin was first identified as a growth factor and, recently, it was characterised as an adipokine implicated in obesity, insulin resistance and rheumatic disease. At a central level, progranulin acts as a neurotropic and neuroprotective factor and protects from neural degeneration. In this review, we summarise the most recent research advances concerning the potential role of progranulin as a therapeutic target and biomarker in cancer, neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases...
June 23, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650925/quantitative-analysis-of-the-inner-retinal-layer-thicknesses-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-using-corrected-optical-coherence-tomography-segmentation
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Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Hema L Ramkumar, Dirk-Uwe Bartsch, Amit Meshi, Raouf Gaber, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To characterize inner retinal damage in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using high-resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography images. METHODS: Sixty eyes of 60 patients with AMD were categorized using the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) severity scale. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography images of these patients were quantified by manually correcting the segmentation of each retinal layer, including the retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell layer, and inner plexiform layer to ensure accurate delineation of layers...
June 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650831/new-precision-metrics-for-contrast-sensitivity-testing
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Michael Dorr, Tobias Elze, Wang Hui, Zhong-Lin Lu, Peter John Bex, Luis Andres Lesmes
Visual sensitivity is comprehensively described by the Contrast Sensitivity Function (CSF), but current routine clinical care does not include its assessment because of the time-consuming need to estimate thresholds for a large number of spatial frequencies. The quick CSF method, however, dramatically reduces testing times by using a Bayesian information maximization rule. We evaluate the test-retest variability of a tablet-based quick CSF implementation in a study with 100 subjects who repeatedly assessed their vision with and without optical correction...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650706/commentary-on-comparison-of-adjacent-segment-degeneration-after-nonrigid-fixation-system-and-posterior-lumbar-inter-body-fusion-for-single-level-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-new-method-of-mri-analysis-of-lumbar-nucleuspulposus-volumen
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Máximo-Alberto Díez-Ulloa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650321/effect-of-camel-milk-against-renal-toxicity-in-experimental-rats
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Abdulrahman K Al-Asmari, Rajamohamed Abbasmanthiri, Abdulrahman M Al-Elawi, Ghaleb Al-Horaib, Khalid Al-Sadoon, Bayan A Al-Asmari
Most of the antibiotics are associated with considerable side effects. Gentamicin (GM) is one of the most commonly used antibiotics, but has significant nephrotoxic side effects. Hence, the current study is investigating the beneficial role of camel milk (CM) that ameliorate GM unwanted renal defects and dysfunctions in some experimental animals. Sprague-Dawely rats weighing (200-220g) were divided into groups (four) of six. Group 1 (Control) received normal saline (only). Group 2 was given oral administration of CM at the dose of 5ml/rat/day for fifteen days...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650218/bilateral-surgical-damage-of-the-central-tegmental-tract-resulting-in-bilateral-hypertrophic-olivary-degeneration-an-mri-case-report
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Silvia Lana, Chiara Ganazzoli, Girolamo Crisi
Hypertrophic olivary degeneration (HOD) is a rare trans-synaptic neuronal degeneration of the inferior olivary nucleus caused by an injury to the dentato-rubro-olivary connection, also known as Guillain-Mollaret triangle. It leads to hypertrophy of the affected nucleus rather than atrophy and is characterized by hyperintensity on T2-weighted images. Unilateral and bilateral cases are described. We present a case of a 70-year-old patient affected by a tumor inside the fourth ventricle who suffered from diplopia and right seventh cranial nerve palsy...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649612/disentangling-the-neural-correlates-of-corticobasal-syndrome-and-corticobasal-degeneration-with-systematic-and-quantitative-ale-meta-analyses
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Franziska Albrecht, Sandrine Bisenius, Rodrigo Morales Schaack, Jane Neumann, Matthias L Schroeter
Corticobasal degeneration is a scarce neurodegenerative disease, which can only be confirmed by histopathological examination. Reported to be associated with various clinical syndromes, its classical clinical phenotype is corticobasal syndrome. Due to the rareness of corticobasal syndrome/corticobasal degeneration and low numbers of patients included in single studies, meta-analyses are particularly suited to disentangle features of the clinical syndrome and histopathology. Using PubMed, we identified 11 magnetic resonance imaging studies measuring atrophy in 22 independent cohorts with 200 patients contrasted to 318 healthy controls...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649493/voluntary-saccade-inhibition-deficits-correlate-with-extended-white-matter-cortico-basal-atrophy-in-huntington-s-disease
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Israel Vaca-Palomares, Brian C Coe, Donald C Brien, Douglas P Munoz, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz
The ability to inhibit automatic versus voluntary saccade commands in demanding situations can be impaired in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease (HD). These deficits could result from disruptions in the interaction between basal ganglia and the saccade control system. To investigate voluntary oculomotor control deficits related to the cortico-basal circuitry, we evaluated early HD patients using an interleaved pro- and anti-saccade task that requires flexible executive control to generate either an automatic response (look at a peripheral visual stimulus) or a voluntary response (look away from the stimulus in the opposite direction)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648383/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration
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REVIEW
Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Alessandro Rabiolo, Riccardo Sacconi, Adriano Carnevali, Lea Querques, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) is a new imaging modality that provides non-invasive characterization and quantification of the microvasculature in different retinal conditions. The purpose of this paper is to give an updated review of the features of dry age-related macular degeneration investigated by means of new generation OCT-A. We searched PubMed and Medline using the terms "optical coherence tomography angiography" associated with "age-related macular degeneration", "drusen", "reticular pseudodrusen," and "geographic atrophy" and reviewed publications up to January, 2017...
June 22, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648299/the-intra-articular-injection-of-rankl-binding-peptides-inhibits-cartilage-degeneration-in-a-murine-model-of-osteoarthritis
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Md Zahirul Haque Bhuyan, Yukihiko Tamura, Eri Sone, Yuki Yoshinari, Chizuko Maeda, Mariko Takahashi, Yasuhiko Tabata, Ramachandran Murali, Yoshihiro Waki, Kazuhiro Aoki
We recently found that the receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL)-binding peptide, OP3-4 stimulated the differentiation of both chondrocytes and osteoblasts. OP3-4 is also shown to inhibit cartilage degeneration. To clarify whether the peptide can inhibit cartilage degeneration without stimulating bone formation, we first performed a proliferation assay using C3H10T1/2 (the murine mesenchymal stem cell line), which is the common origin of both chondrocytes and osteoblasts. The RANKL-binding peptides, OP3-4 and W9, promoted cellular proliferation at 24 and 48 h, respectively...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647887/connexins-and-pannexins-in-bone-and-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
Lilian I Plotkin, Hannah M Davis, Bruno A Cisterna, Juan C Sáez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss current knowledge on the role of connexins and pannexins in the musculoskeletal system. RECENT FINDINGS: Connexins and pannexins are crucial for the development and maintenance of both bone and skeletal muscle. In bone, the presence of connexin and more recently of pannexin channels in osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and osteocytes has been described and shown to be essential for normal skeletal development and bone adaptation. In skeletal muscles, connexins and pannexins play important roles during development and regeneration through coordinated regulation of metabolic functions via cell-to-cell communication...
June 24, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647874/alleviative-effect-of-licorice-on-copper-chloride-induced-oxidative-stress-in-the-brain-biochemical-histopathological-immunohistochemical-and-genotoxic-study
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Heba El-Sayed Mostafa, Eman Ahmad Alaa-Eldin, Dalia Abdallah El-Shafei, Nehal S Abouhashem
Although copper is an essential micronutrient involved in a variety of biological processes indispensable for sustaining life, it can be toxic when administered in excess. Licorice (Glycyrrhizaglabra) has been used in Chinese folk medicine for the treatment of various disorders. Licorice has the biological capabilities of detoxication, antioxidation, and antiinfection. Here, we test the hypothesis that licorice could ameliorate copper-induced neurotoxic and genotoxic effects in adult male albino rats. For this purpose, 48 adult male albino rats were randomized into five groups: group I (8 rats), untreated control; group II (16 rats), subdivided into; vehicle control IIa (8 rats) which received 1 mL saline twice weekly intraperitoneally for 8 weeks and vehicle control IIb (8 rats) received 0...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647555/normalizing-the-gene-dosage-of-dyrk1a-in-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome-rescues-several-alzheimer-s-disease-phenotypes
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Susana García-Cerro, Noemí Rueda, Verónica Vidal, Sara Lantigua, Carmen Martínez-Cué
The intellectual disability that characterizes Down syndrome (DS) is primarily caused by prenatal changes in central nervous system growth and differentiation. However, in later life stages, the cognitive abilities of DS individuals progressively decline due to accelerated aging and the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology. The AD neuropathology in DS has been related to the overexpression of several genes encoded by Hsa21 including DYRK1A (dual-specificity tyrosine-(Y)-phosphorylation regulated kinase 1A), which encodes a protein kinase that performs crucial functions in the regulation of multiple signaling pathways that contribute to normal brain development and adult brain physiology...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647554/conditional-loss-of-progranulin-in-neurons-is-not-sufficient-to-cause-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-like-neuropathology-in-mice
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Terri L Petkau, Jake Blanco, Blair R Leavitt
Progranulin deficiency due to heterozygous null mutations in the GRN gene is a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), while homozygous loss-of-function GRN mutations cause neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). Aged progranulin-knockout mice display highly exaggerated lipofuscinosis, microgliosis, and astrogliosis, as well as mild cell loss in specific brain regions. Progranulin is a secreted glycoprotein expressed in both neurons and microglia, but not astrocytes, in the brain. We generated conditional progranulin-knockout mice that lack progranulin in nestin-expressing cells (Nes-cKO mice), which include most neurons as well as astrocytes...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647468/influence-of-rabbit-notochordal-cells-on-symptomatic-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-anti-angiogenic-capacity-on-human-endothelial-cell-proliferation-under-hypoxia
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Woo-Keun Kwon, Hong Joo Moon, Taek-Hyun Kwon, Youn-Kwan Park, Joo Han Kim
OBJECTIVES: Symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD) is associated with neovascularization and nerve ingrowth into intervertebral discs (IVDs). Notochordal cells (NCs) are key cells that may lead to regeneration of IVDs. However, their activities under conditions of hypoxia, the real environment of IVD, are not well known. We hypothesized that NCs may inhibit neovascularization by interacting with endothelial cells (ECs) under hypoxia. DESIGN: Human IVDs were isolated and cultured to produce nucleus pulposus (NP) cell conditioned medium (NPCM)...
June 21, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647370/oleanolic-acid-prevents-cartilage-degeneration-in-diabetic-mice-via-ppar%C3%AE-associated-mitochondrial-stabilization
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Xia Kang, Zhikui Yang, Jun Sheng, Jin-Biao Liu, Qing-Yun Xie, Wei Zheng, Ken Chen
Hyperglycemia-induced cartilage degeneration induces osteoarthritis (OA). Since oleanolic acid (OLA) have several pharmacological effects such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, we hypothesized it possesses protection against high glucose injured cartilage. We now report that OLA decreased type X collagen and reversed the cartilage degeneration in growth plate from db/db mice. OLA increased type Ⅱ collagen expression in a concentration-dependent manner (10-50 μΜ) in high glucose-treated chondrocytes. OLA prevented the high glucose induced cell injury and decreased the level of MMP-13, PGE2 and IL-6 due to decreasing mitochondrial membrane potential and stimulated the ATP production...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647202/the-current-state-of-teleophthalmology-in-the-united-states
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REVIEW
Siddarth Rathi, Edmund Tsui, Nitish Mehta, Sarwar Zahid, Joel S Schuman
Telemedicine services facilitate the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the remote patient. Telemedicine has rapidly flourished in the United States and has improved access to care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. However, the use of telemedicine in ophthalmology is currently in its infancy and has yet to gain wide acceptance. Current models of telemedicine in ophthalmology are largely performed via "store and forward" methods, but remote monitoring and interactive modalities exist. Although studies have examined the effects of telemedicine, few reports have characterized its current status...
June 21, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647093/hypertrophic-olivary-degeneration-after-cerebellar-hemorrhage
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Gregory Walker, Kaustubh Limaye, Brian T Jankowitz, Ashutosh P Jadhav
We present a striking example of hypertrophic olivary degeneration after cerebellar hemorrhage. This case highlights some important teaching points: unique response of the inferior olivary nucleus to de-afferentation, anatomy of Mollaret's triangle and clinical manifestations of disruption in Mollaret's triangle. The purpose of this teaching case is to highlight a rare but important post-stroke complication.
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646716/histopathologic-differences-partially-distinguish-syndromic-aortic-diseases
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Kevin M Waters, Lisa M Rooper, Andrew Guajardo, Marc K Halushka
A variety of syndromic diseases such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, and bicuspid aortic valve with aneurysm along with risk factors of smoking and hypertension result in ascending aortic aneurysms and dissections. Historically, a complicated variety of terms have been used to describe a range of histopathologies that are present in resected specimens. As a result, no consistent patterns of histopathology have been reported. We used the recent Society for Cardiovascular Pathology/Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology consensus statement on nomenclature and diagnostic criteria for noninflammatory aortic disease to blindly evaluate 148 surgically resected specimens...
June 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646671/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-social-behaviour-dissociation-between-the-knowledge-of-its-consequences-and-its-conceptual-meaning
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Roland Zahn, Sophie Green, Helen Beaumont, Alistair Burns, Jorge Moll, Diana Caine, Alexander Gerhard, Paul Hoffman, Benjamin Shaw, Jordan Grafman, Matthew A Lambon Ralph
Inappropriate social behaviour is an early symptom of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) in both behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and semantic dementia (SD) subtypes. Knowledge of social behaviour is essential for appropriate social conduct. The superior anterior temporal lobe (ATL) has been identified as one key neural component for the conceptual knowledge of social behaviour, but it is unknown whether this is dissociable from knowledge of the consequences of social behaviour. Here, we used a newly-developed test of knowledge about long-term and short-term consequences of social behaviour to investigate its impairment in patients with FTLD relative to a previously-developed test of social conceptual knowledge...
June 3, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
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