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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743113/pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-large-cohort-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Veronique Vorselaars, Sebastiaan Velthuis, Marco van Gent, Cornelis Westermann, Repke Snijder, Johannes Mager, Martijn Post
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a vascular disorder characterized by arteriovenous malformations in the brain, liver, and lungs. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is increasingly recognized as a severe complication of HHT. However, there are no studies describing the prevalence of PH in HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. OBJECTIVE: To assess the estimated prevalence of PH in patients with HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. METHODS: All consecutive subjects screened for HHT with available genetic testing and echocardiography-based peak tricuspid regurgitation velocity (TRV) measurement were included...
July 26, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743088/chitosan-derived-co-spheroids-of-neural-stem-cells-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-neural-regeneration
#2
Hao-Wei Han, Shan-Hui Hsu
Chitosan has been considered as candidate biomaterials for neural applications. The effective treatment of neurodegeneration or injury to the central nervous system (CNS) is still in lack nowadays. Adult neural stem cells (NSCs) represents a promising cell source to treat the CNS diseases but they are limited in number. Here, we developed the core-shell spheroids of NSCs (shell) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs, core) by co-culturing cells on the chitosan surface. The NSCs in chitosan derived co-spheroids displayed a higher survival rate than those in NSC homo-spheroids...
July 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743059/altered-connectivity-within-and-between-the-default-mode-central-executive-and-salience-networks-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Jie Fan, Mingtian Zhong, Jun Gan, Wanting Liu, Chaoyang Niu, Haiyan Liao, Hongchun Zhang, Jinyao Yi, Raymond C K Chan, Changlian Tan, Xiongzhao Zhu
BACKGROUND: Default mode network (DMN), central executive network (CEN) and salience network (SN) are the three most important intrinsic networks of the human brain. Recent studies emphasized the importance of the "triple-network model" which illustrated the interactions within and between DMN, CEN and SN in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. However, previous studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) just explored the altered connectivity within these networks while neglected the coupling between them...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743044/electrophysiological-and-gene-expression-characterization-of-the-ontogeny-of-nestin-expressing-cells-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
#4
Anupama Dey, Parisa Farzanehfar, Elena V Gazina, Tim D Aumann
The birth of new neurons, or neurogenesis, in the adult midbrain is important for progressing dopamine cell-replacement therapies for Parkinson's disease. Most studies suggest newborn cells remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia within the adult midbrain. However, some studies suggest nestin+neural precursor cells (NPCs) have a propensity to generate new neurons here. We sought to confirm this by administering tamoxifen to adult NesCreER(T2)/R26eYFP transgenic mice, which permanently labelled adult nestin-expressing cells and their progeny with enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (eYFP)...
July 4, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743043/neurotrophy-and-immunomodulation-of-induced-neural-stem-cell-grafts-in-a-mouse-model-of-closed-head-injury
#5
Mou Gao, Hui Yao, Qin Dong, Yan Zhang, Yang Yang, Yihua Zhang, Zhijun Yang, Minhui Xu, Ruxiang Xu
Closed head injury (CHI) usually results in severe and permanent neurological impairments, which are caused by several intertwined phenomena, such as cerebral edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, neuronal loss, astroglial scarring and inflammation. We previously reported that induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), similar to neural stem cells (NSCs), can accelerate neurological recovery in vivo and produce neurotrophic factors in vitro. However, the effects of iNSC neurotrophy following CHI were not determined...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743017/development-pubertal-hormones-meet-the-adolescent-brain
#6
Cheryl L Sisk
At the onset of puberty, ovarian hormones increase inhibitory tone in the prefrontal cortex. Inhibitory maturation is a hallmark of the initiation of developmental windows of neural plasticity; pubertal hormones may trigger the opening of an adolescent critical period for experience-dependent rewiring of circuits underlying executive function.
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743011/posterior-parietal-cortex
#7
Jonathan R Whitlock
The posterior parietal cortex, along with temporal and prefrontal cortices, is one of the three major associative regions in the cortex of the mammalian brain. It is situated between the visual cortex at the caudal pole of the brain and the somatosensory cortex just behind the central sulcus. Technically, any cortex covered by the parietal bone is referred to as 'parietal cortex', but the posterior sector, formally referred to as posterior parietal cortex, is indeed its own functional section of cortex, consisting of Brodmann's areas 5, 7, 39, and 40 in humans, areas 5 and 7 in macaques, and area 7 in rodents (Figure 1)...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742985/gabab-receptors-suppress-burst-firing-in-reticular-thalamic-neurons
#8
Stuart M Cain, Esperanza Garcia, Zeina Waheed, Karen L Jones, Trevor J Bushell, Terrance P Snutch
Burst-firing in thalamic neurons is known to play a key role in mediating thalamocortical (TC) oscillations that are associated with non-REM sleep and some types of epileptic seizure. Within the TC system the primary output of GABAergic neurons in the reticular thalamic nucleus (RTN) is thought to induce the de-inactivation of T-type calcium channels in thalamic relay (TR) neurons, promoting burst-firing drive to the cortex and the propagation of TC network activity. However, RTN neurons also project back onto other neurons within the RTN...
July 25, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742954/carbon-dioxide-elimination-by-cardiomyocytes-a-tale-of-high-carbonic-anhydrase-activity-and-membrane-permeability
#9
EDITORIAL
Erik R Swenson
Life as a multicellular organism requires a heart with a coordinated contractile activity that must never cease, and in this regard, it is very much like the brain with a high mass-specific 'resting' metabolic rate. To maintain this constant activity requires a high rate of oxygen consumption and resultant carbon dioxide generation and, pari passu, the rapid exchange of large amounts of these gases with capillary blood. While oxygen has been far more the focus of the two gases in cardiac physiology, the work of Arias-Hidalgo et al (1) in this issue of the journal offers new insights and better understanding of how CO2 uniquely traverses its path from production in the mitochondria to the capillary blood, and does so with much smaller driving gradients than necessary for oxygen...
July 25, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742910/clinicopathological-evaluation-of-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-in-players-of-american-football
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Jesse Mez, Daniel H Daneshvar, Patrick T Kiernan, Bobak Abdolmohammadi, Victor E Alvarez, Bertrand R Huber, Michael L Alosco, Todd M Solomon, Christopher J Nowinski, Lisa McHale, Kerry A Cormier, Caroline A Kubilus, Brett M Martin, Lauren Murphy, Christine M Baugh, Phillip H Montenigro, Christine E Chaisson, Yorghos Tripodis, Neil W Kowall, Jennifer Weuve, Michael D McClean, Robert C Cantu, Lee E Goldstein, Douglas I Katz, Robert A Stern, Thor D Stein, Ann C McKee
Importance: Players of American football may be at increased risk of long-term neurological conditions, particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Objective: To determine the neuropathological and clinical features of deceased football players with CTE. Design, Setting, and Participants: Case series of 202 football players whose brains were donated for research. Neuropathological evaluations and retrospective telephone clinical assessments (including head trauma history) with informants were performed blinded...
July 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742907/combination-therapy-shrinks-melanoma-brain-metastases
#11
Anita Slomski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742903/deep-brain-stimulation-for-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-reply
#12
Matthew E Hirschtritt, Michael H Bloch, Carol A Mathews
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742900/deep-brain-stimulation-for-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#13
Sina Kohl, Jens Kuhn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
#14
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742817/temporal-profile-of-intracranial-pressure-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-and-association-with-fatal-outcome-an-observational-study
#15
Hadie Adams, Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Angelos G Kolias, Adel Helmy, David K Menon, Peter Smielewski, Peter J Hutchinson
BACKGROUND: Both intracranial pressure (ICP) and the cerebrovascular pressure reactivity represent the dysregulation of pathways directly involved in traumatic brain injury (TBI) pathogenesis and have been used to inform clinical management. However, how these parameters evolve over time following injury and whether this evolution has any prognostic importance have not been studied. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analysed the temporal profile of ICP and pressure reactivity index (PRx), examined their relation to TBI-specific mortality, and determined if the prognostic relevance of these parameters was affected by their temporal profile using mixed models for repeated measures of ICP and PRx for the first 240 hours from the time of injury...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742811/decreased-rhes-mrna-levels-in-the-brain-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-mptp-treated-macaques
#16
Francesco Napolitano, Emily Booth Warren, Sara Migliarini, Daniela Punzo, Francesco Errico, Qin Li, Marie-Laure Thiolat, Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Paolo Calabresi, Erwan Bezard, Micaela Morelli, Christine Konradi, Massimo Pasqualetti, Alessandro Usiello
In rodent and human brains, the small GTP-binding protein Rhes is highly expressed in virtually all dopaminoceptive striatal GABAergic medium spiny neurons, as well as in large aspiny cholinergic interneurons, where it is thought to modulate dopamine-dependent signaling. Consistent with this knowledge, and considering that dopaminergic neurotransmission is altered in neurological and psychiatric disorders, here we sought to investigate whether Rhes mRNA expression is altered in brain regions of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), Schizophrenia (SCZ), and Bipolar Disorder (BD), when compared to healthy controls (about 200 post-mortem samples)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742798/cerebrovascular-pressure-reactivity-monitoring-using-wavelet-analysis-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-a-retrospective-study
#17
Xiuyun Liu, Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Marcel J H Aries, Ken Brady, Danilo Cardim, Chiara Robba, Manuel Cabeleira, Dong-Joo Kim, Christina Haubrich, Peter J Hutchinson, Peter Smielewski
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), the ability of cerebral vessels to appropriately react to changes in arterial blood pressure (pressure reactivity) is impaired, leaving patients vulnerable to cerebral hypo- or hyperperfusion. Although, the traditional pressure reactivity index (PRx) has demonstrated that impaired pressure reactivity is associated with poor patient outcome, PRx is sometimes erratic and may not be reliable in various clinical circumstances. Here, we introduce a more robust transform-based wavelet pressure reactivity index (wPRx) and compare its performance with the widely used traditional PRx across 3 areas: its stability and reliability in time, its ability to give an optimal cerebral perfusion pressure (CPPopt) recommendation, and its relationship with patient outcome...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742700/comparison-of-postoperative-outcomes-between-donation-after-circulatory-death-and-donation-after-brain-death-liver-transplantation-using-the-comprehensive-complication-index
#18
Marit Kalisvaart, Jubi E de Haan, Wojciech G Polak, Herold J Metselaar, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Jan N M IJzermans, Jeroen de Jonge
OBJECTIVE: To test the total burden of complications in the early postoperative period after liver transplantation (LT) between donation after circulatory death (DCD) and donation after brain death (DBD) grafts with the novel Comprehensive Complication Index (CCI). BACKGROUND: LT is complex surgery and the increasing use of high-risk grafts is pressuring current postoperative outcomes. DCD grafts in particular are associated with ischemic-type biliary lesions (ITBL) with subsequent impaired graft survival rates...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742673/practice-bulletin-no-181-prevention-of-rh-d-alloimmunization
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Advances in the prevention and treatment of Rh D alloimmunization have been one of the great success stories of modern obstetrics. There is wide variation in prevalence rates of Rh D-negative individuals between regions, for example from 5% in India to 15% in North America (1). However, high birth rates in low prevalence areas means Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn is still an important cause of morbidity and mortality in countries without prophylaxis programs (1). In such countries, 14% of affected fetuses are stillborn and one half of live born infants suffer neonatal death or brain injury (1)...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742667/practice-bulletin-no-181-summary-prevention-of-rh-d-alloimmunization
#20
(no author information available yet)
Advances in the prevention and treatment of Rh D alloimmunization have been one of the great success stories of modern obstetrics. There is wide variation in prevalence rates of Rh D-negative individuals between regions, for example from 5% in India to 15% in North America (1). However, high birth rates in low prevalence areas means Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn is still an important cause of morbidity and mortality in countries without prophylaxis programs (1). In such countries, 14% of affected fetuses are stillborn and one half of live born infants suffer neonatal death or brain injury (1)...
August 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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