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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214265/association-between-dopaminergic-dysfunction-and-anxiety-in-de-novo-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Marina Picillo, Gabriella Santangelo, Roberto Erro, Autilia Cozzolino, Marianna Amboni, Carmine Vitale, Paolo Barone, Maria Teresa Pellecchia
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationships between nigrostriatal dysfunction and neuropsychiatric symptoms (including anxiety, depression and apathy) in a large cohort of newly diagnosed, drug-naïve Parkinson disease (PD) patients compared to a cohort of healthy controls (HC). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) cohort at baseline, including 405 PD patients and 187 HC. Nigrostriatal degeneration was evaluated by means of SPECT DAT scan...
February 9, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214102/vitreomacular-adhesion-and-the-risk-of-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#2
Emilia Maggio, Antonio Polito, Massimo Guerriero, Guido Prigione, Barbara Parolini, Grazia Pertile
PURPOSE: To assess the prevalence of vitreomacular adhesion (VMA) in consecutive naïve eyes diagnosed with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in comparison with eyes with nonexudative AMD and age-matched controls, and to evaluate prospectively the incidence of vitreomacular interface changes over time and their influence on choroidal neovascularization (CNV) development. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis and longitudinal cohort study conducted at Sacrocuore Hospital, Negrar, Verona, Italy...
February 14, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214085/folic-acid-protects-against-lead-acetate-induced-hepatotoxicity-by-decreasing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-1%C3%AE-production-and-lipid-peroxidation-mediataed-cell-injury
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Eman S H Abd Allah, Dalia M Badary
Folic acid plays an important role in cellular metabolic activities. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of folic acid against lead acetate-induced hepatotoxicity. Twenty four male Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into four groups, six animals each. Negative control group received the vehicle, positive control group received 1mg/kg folic acid for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks orally, lead-exposed group received 10mg/kg lead acetate intraperitoneally (IP) for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks, and lead-treated group received 10mg/kg lead acetate IP and 1mg/kg folic acid orally for five consecutive days/week for 4 weeks concurrently...
February 10, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213846/fixation-of-bovine-pericardium-based-tissue-biomaterial-with-irreversible-chemistry-improves-biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties
#4
H Tam, W Zhang, D Infante, N Parchment, M Sacks, N Vyavahare
Bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs), derived from glutaraldehyde crosslinked (GLUT) porcine aortic valve leaflets or bovine pericardium (BP), are used to replace defective heart valves. However, valve failure can occur within 12-15 years due to calcification and/or progressive structural degeneration. We present a novel fabrication method that utilizes carbodiimide, neomycin trisulfate, and pentagalloyl glucose crosslinking chemistry (TRI) to better stabilize the extracellular matrix of BP. We demonstrate that TRI-treated BP is more compliant than GLUT-treated BP...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213682/mathematical-modelling-of-cytokines-mmps-and-fibronectin-fragments-in-osteoarthritic-cartilage
#5
Michelle Baker, Bindi S Brook, Markus R Owen
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease which causes pain and stiffness in joints. OA progresses through excessive degradation of joint cartilage, eventually leading to significant joint degeneration and loss of function. Cytokines, a group of cell signalling proteins, present in raised concentrations in OA joints, can be classified into pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory groups. They mediate cartilage degradation through several mechanisms, primarily the up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a group of collagen-degrading enzymes...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213588/a-differential-autophagy-dependent-response-to-dna-double-strand-brakes-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-sporadic-als-patients
#6
Shane Wald-Altman, Edward Pichinuk, Or Kakhlon, Miguel Weil
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable motor neurodegenerative disease caused by a diversity of genetic and environmental factors leading to neuromuscular degeneration and pathophysiological implications in non-neural systems. Our previous work showed abnormal transcriptional expression levels of biomarker genes in non-neuronal cell samples from ALS patients. The same genes proved to be differentially expressed in brain, spinal cord and muscle of the SOD1(G93A) ALS mouse model. These observations support the pathophysiological relevance of the ALS biomarkers discovered in human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) isolated from bone marrow samples of ALS patients (ALS-hMSC)...
February 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213160/molecular-pathogenesis-of-peripheral-neuropathies-insights-from-drosophila-models
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REVIEW
Julia Bussmann, Erik Storkebaum
Peripheral neuropathies are characterized by degeneration of peripheral motor, sensory and/or autonomic axons, leading to progressive distal muscle weakness, sensory deficits and/or autonomic dysfunction. Acquired peripheral neuropathies, e.g., as a side effect of chemotherapy, are distinguished from inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs). Drosophila models for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and several IPNs have provided novel insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying axonal degeneration...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213070/selective-a2a-receptors-blockade-reduces-degeneration-of-substantia-nigra-dopamine-neurons-in-a-rotenone-induced-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-histological-study
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Ahmed M Fathalla, Amira M Soliman, Ahmed A Moustafa
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). Adenosine is a neuromodulator that inhibit the release of dopamine via a disinhibitory mechanism. In this study, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine and ZM241385 (respectively, A1 and A2A receptors antagonists), on nigrostriatal dopamine neurons degradation reduction in a rotenone-induced PD model using histopathological and immunohistochemical methods...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212893/traffic-related-air-pollution-impact-on-mouse-brain-accelerates-myelin-and-neuritic-aging-changes-with-specificity-for-ca1-neurons
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Nicholas C Woodward, Payam Pakbin, Arian Saffari, Farimah Shirmohammadi, Amin Haghani, Constantinos Sioutas, Mafalda Cacciottolo, Todd E Morgan, Caleb E Finch
Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with lower cognition and reduced white matter volume in older adults, specifically for particulate matter <2.5-μm diameter (PM2.5). Rodents exposed to TRAP have shown microglial activation and neuronal atrophy. We further investigated age differences of TRAP exposure, with focus on hippocampus for neuritic atrophy, white matter degeneration, and microglial activation. Young- and middle-aged mice (3 and 18 months female C57BL/6J) were exposed to nanoscale-PM (nPM, <0...
January 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212814/human-striatal-dopaminergic-and-regional-serotonergic-synaptic-degeneration-with-lewy-body-disease-and-inheritance-of-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54
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Nadia Postupna, Caitlin S Latimer, Eric B Larson, Emily Sherfield, Julie Paladin, Carol A Shively, Matthew J Jorgensen, Rachel N Andrews, Jay R Kaplan, Paul K Crane, Kathleen S Montine, Suzanne Craft, C Dirk Keene, Thomas J Montine
Cognitive impairment in older individuals is a complex trait that in population-based studies most commonly derives from an individually varying mixture of Alzheimer disease, Lewy body disease, and vascular brain injury. We investigated the molecular composition of synaptic particles from three sources: consecutive rapid autopsy brains from the adult changes in thought study, a population-based cohort; four aged nonhuman primate brains optimally processed for molecular investigation; and targeted replacement transgenic mice homozygous for APOE ε4...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212801/notch-signaling-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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J T Baeten, B Lilly
The Notch signaling pathway is a highly conserved pathway involved in cell fate determination in embryonic development and also functions in the regulation of physiological processes in several systems. It plays an especially important role in vascular development and physiology by influencing angiogenesis, vessel patterning, arterial/venous specification, and vascular smooth muscle biology. Aberrant or dysregulated Notch signaling is the cause of or a contributing factor to many vascular disorders, including inherited vascular diseases, such as cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy, associated with degeneration of the smooth muscle layer in cerebral arteries...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212783/role-of-topical-dehydroepiandrosterone-in-ameliorating-isotretinoin-induced-meibomian-gland-dysfunction-in-adult-male-albino-rat
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Marwa A A Ibrahim, Walaa M Elwan
Isotretinoin broad effectiveness is limited by its detrimental effect on the Meibomian glands. Androgens have been reported to regulate the Meibomian gland function. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an androgen precursor considered as an efficient and physiological anti-ageing skin agent. This study aimed to investigate the role of the topical DHEA in ameliorating Meibomian gland dysfunction caused by isotretinoin employing different histological and immunohistochemical techniques. Twenty-four adult male albino rats were divided into four equal groups; control group, DHEA-treated group (1% twice daily for 3 months), isotretinoin-treated group (0...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212679/histopathological-study-of-cardiac-lesions-in-methamphetamine-poisoning-related-deaths
#13
Maryam Akhgari, Homeira Mobaraki, Afshar Etemadi-Aleagha
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine abuse is a worldwide health concern. Methamphetamine causes health hazards in many vital organs. It can cause damage to cardiac tissue via catecholamines release. Methamphetamine related deaths are becoming one of the most important problems in Iran. The purpose of the present study was to determine cardiac pathology in methamphetamine poisoning-related deaths. METHODS: The study included 100 cases of methamphetamine poisoning-related deaths and 100 cases as control group...
February 17, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212525/ablation-of-ferroptosis-regulator-glutathione-peroxidase-4-in-forebrain-neurons-promotes-cognitive-impairment-and-neurodegeneration
#14
William Sealy Hambright, Rene Solano Fonseca, Liuji Chen, Ren Na, Qitao Ran
Synaptic loss and neuron death are the underlying cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, the modalities of cell death in those diseases remain unclear. Ferroptosis, a newly identified oxidative cell death mechanism triggered by massive lipid peroxidation, is implicated in the degeneration of neurons populations such as spinal motor neurons and midbrain neurons. Here, we investigated whether neurons in forebrain regions (cerebral cortex and hippocampus) that are severely afflicted in AD patients might be vulnerable to ferroptosis...
February 1, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212107/rheb-in-neuronal-degeneration-regeneration-and-connectivity
#15
Veena Nambiar Potheraveedu, Miriam Schöpel, Raphael Stoll, Rolf Heumann
The small GTPase Rheb was originally detected as an immediate early response protein whose expression was induced by NMDA-dependent synaptic activity in the brain. Rheb's activity is highly regulated by its GTPase activating protein (GAP), the tuberous sclerosis complex protein, which stimulates the conversion from the active, GTP-loaded into the inactive, GDP-loaded conformation. Rheb has been established as an evolutionarily conserved molecular switch protein regulating cellular growth, cell volume, cell cycle, autophagy, and amino acid uptake...
February 17, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212101/fast-solving-quasi-optimal-ls-s-%C3%A2-vm-based-on-an-extended-candidate-set
#16
Yuefeng Ma, Xun Liang, James T Kwok, Jianping Li, Xiaoping Zhou, Haiyan Zhang
The semisupervised least squares support vector machine (LS-S³VM) is an important enhancement of least squares support vector machines in semisupervised learning. Given that most data collected from the real world are without labels, semisupervised approaches are more applicable than standard supervised approaches. Although a few training methods for LS-S³VM exist, the problem of deriving the optimal decision hyperplane efficiently and effectually has not been solved. In this paper, a fully weighted model of LS-S³VM is proposed, and a simple integer programming (IP) model is introduced through an equivalent transformation to solve the model...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211934/a-computational-assessment-of-the-electronic-thermoelectric-and-defect-properties-of-bournonite-cupbsbs3-and-related-substitutions
#17
Alireza Faghaninia, Guodong Yu, Umut Aydemir, Max Wood, Wei Chen, Gian-Marco Rignanese, G Jeffrey Snyder, Geoffroy Hautier, Anubhav Jain
Bournonite (CuPbSbS3) is an earth-abundant mineral with potential thermoelectric applications. This material has a complex crystal structure (space group Pmn21 #31) and has previously been measured to exhibit a very low thermal conductivity (κ < 1 W m(-1) K(-1) at T ≥ 300 K). In this study, we employ high-throughput density functional theory calculations to investigate how the properties of the bournonite crystal structure change with elemental substitutions. Specifically, we compute the stability and electronic properties of 320 structures generated via substitutions {Na-K-Cu-Ag}{Si-Ge-Sn-Pb}{N-P-As-Sb-Bi}{O-S-Se-Te} in the ABCD3 formula...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211882/aflibercept-as-a-second-line-therapy-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-israel-asli-study
#18
L Tiosano, O Segal, N Mathalone, A Pollack, R Ehrlich, I Klemperer, Y Barak, I Moroz, I Chowers, M Goldstein
PurposeThe purpose of this study is to evaluate an early switch to aflibecept in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) showing partial or lack of response for initial therapy with bevacizumab.MethodsThe Aflibercept as a Second Line Therapy for Neovascular Age Related Macular Degeneration in Israel (ASLI) was a prospective, multicenter, single-arm clinical trial. Eyes with nvAMD having incomplete response to 3-9 prior bevacizumab injections were recruited. Three monthly intravitreal aflibercept (2 mg) injections were administered, followed by two bi-monthly injections and a final examination at week 28...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211685/titanium-digermanium-theoretical-assignment-of-electronic-transitions-underlying-its-anion-photoelectron-spectrum
#19
Le Nhan Pham, Minh Tho Nguyen
Electronic structures of both the anionic and neutral triatomic species TiGe2-/0 were theoretically studied employing single-reference (DFT and RCCSD(T)) and multiconfigurational (CASSCF/CASPT2 and CASSCF/NEVPT2) methods with large basis sets. The ground state of TiGe2- (C2v) was identified to be 4B1 but the 2A1 state is nearly degenerate, whereas the 3B1 is clearly the ground state of the neutral TiGe2 (C2v). On the basis of the computed ground and excited states of both neutral and anionic structures, all electronic transitions giving rise to experimental anion photoelectron bands in the spectrum of TiGe2- can now be assigned...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211497/the-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-promotes-the-premature-senescence-of-rat-nucleus-pulposus-cells-via-the-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#20
Pei Li, Yibo Gan, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Liyuan Wang, Bin Ouyang, Chengmin Zhang, Qiang Zhou
Premature senescence of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and inflammation are two common features of degenerated discs. This study investigated the effects of the inflammatory cytokine TNF-α on the premature senescence of NP cells and the molecular mechanism behind this process. Rat NP cells were cultured with or without different concentrations of TNF-α for 1 and 3 days. The inhibitor LY294002 was used to determine the role of the PI3K/Akt pathway. NP cells that were incubated with TNF-α for 3 days followed by 3 days of recovery in the control medium were used to analyze cellular senescence...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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