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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446017/dexmedetomidine-oral-mucosa-patch-for-sedation-suppresses-apoptosis-in-hippocampus-of-normal-rats
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Je Hoon Park, Il Gyu Ko, Sung Eun Kim, Jun Jang Jin, Lakkyong Hwang, Chang Ju Kim, Soo Hwan Yoon, Jongki Hong, Jun Young Chung, Deok Won Lee
PURPOSE: Dexmedetomidine, an α2-adrenergic agonist, provides sedative and analgesic effects without significant respiratory depression. Dexmedetomidine has been suggested to have an antiapoptotic effect in response to various brain insults. We developed an oral mucosa patch using dexmedetomidine for sedation. The effects of the dexmedetomidine oral mucosa patch on cell proliferation and apoptosis in the hippocampus were evaluated. METHODS: A hydrogel oral mucosa patch was adhered onto the oral cavity of physiologically normal rats, and was attached for 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, or 24 hours...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446003/effects-of-canine-and-murine-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-transplantation-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#2
Diego Noe Rodriguez Sanchez, Matheus Bertanha, Thiago Dias Fernandes, Luiz Antônio de Lima Resende, Elenice Deffune, Rogério Martins Amorim
Background and Objectives: Maintaining a permissive microenvironment is essential for adequate nerve regeneration. Cell-based therapy has the potential based cell replacement and promotion of axonal growth. The adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stromal cells (Ad-MSC) attract interest because neuroregenerative and anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of canine and murine Ad-MSC transplantation on the sciatic nerve regeneration. Methods: Forty Wistar rats were divided randomly into: control group - CG (n=8); denervated group - DG (n=8); decellularized vein group - VG (n=8); decellularized vein+canine MSC-cMSC (n=8); descellularized vein+murine MSC-mMSC (n=8)...
April 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445970/acid-ceramidase-is-a-novel-drug-target-for-pediatric-brain-tumors
#3
Ninh B Doan, Ha S Nguyen, Andrew Montoure, Mona M Al-Gizawiy, Wade M Mueller, Shekar Kurpad, Scott D Rand, Jennifer M Connelly, Christopher R Chitambar, Kathleen M Schmainda, Shama P Mirza
Pediatric brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children and are also a leading culprit of cancer-related fatalities in children. Pediatric brain tumors remain hard to treat. In this study, we demonstrated that medulloblastoma, pediatric glioblastoma, and atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors express significant levels of acid ceramidase, where levels are highest in the radioresistant tumors, suggesting that acid ceramidase may confer radioresistance. More importantly, we also showed that acid ceramidase inhibitors are highly effective at targeting these pediatric brain tumors with low IC50 values (4...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445959/brain-metastases-from-hepatocellular-carcinoma-recent-advances-and-future-avenues
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REVIEW
Shanshan Wang, Anqiang Wang, Jianzhen Lin, Yuan Xie, Liangcai Wu, Hanchun Huang, Jin Bian, Xiaobo Yang, Xueshuai Wan, Haitao Zhao, Jiefu Huang
The incidence of brain metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma (BMHCC) is becoming more frequent than that of the past as a result of prolonged survival of patients with HCC. Compared with brain metastases from other types of cancer, BMHCC tends to exhibit a high incidence of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and poor liver function. Unfortunately, the prognosis is extremely poor for patients with BMHCC owing to the limited treatment selection. Currently, optimal treatment requires multidisciplinary approaches including surgery, whole-brain radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445916/brain-regions-essential-for-word-comprehension-drawing-inferences-from-patients
#5
Argye E Hillis, Christopher Rorden, Julius Fridriksson
Lesion-deficit association studies are important as they can reveal brain regions essential for specific functions, but sometimes appear to yield conflicting results. We aimed to show how pitfalls of lesions studies can be avoided, and converging results obtained, illustrating from studies of the role of posterior superior temporal gyrus in auditory word comprehension. We review published lesion studies on auditory comprehension and present new data from both acute and chronic stroke that address weaknesses in some previous studies...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445914/clinical-significance-of-intraluminal-contrast-enhancement-in-patients-with-spontaneous-cervical-artery-dissection-a%C3%A2-black-blood-mri-study
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Eva Coppenrath, Olga Lenz, Nora Sommer, Nina Lummel, Jennifer Linn, Karla Treitl, Fabian Bamberg, Maximilian Reiser, Thomas Pfefferkorn, Tobias Saam
Purpose Recent studies have suggested that intraluminal thrombi show contrast enhancement on carotid black-blood T1w MRI. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of intraluminal contrast enhancement (iCE) regarding symptom status in patients with spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCAD). Methods 33 consecutive patients (19 men) with sCAD received a brain MRI (DIFF, T2w, T2*w, FLAIR) and a multi-sequence 3T-MRI with fat-saturated high-resolution black-blood T1w-sequences pre- and post-contrast, contrast-enhanced MR angiography and TOF images of carotid and vertebral arteries...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445886/the-association-of-five-year-changes-in-the-levels-of-n-terminal-fragment-of-the-prohormone-brain-type-natriuretic-peptide-nt-probnp-with-subsequent-heart-failure-and-death-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-the-heart-and-soul-study
#7
Rakesh K Mishra, Gregory Judson, Robert H Christenson, Christopher DeFilippi, Alan H B Wu, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: The N-terminal fragment of the prohormone brain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a powerful predictor of adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, little is known regarding the prognostic significance of longitudinal changes in NT-proBNP levels. METHODS: We evaluated the ability of 5-year changes in NT-proBNP levels to predict subsequent heart failure (HF) hospitalization or cardiovascular (CV) death in 635 participants with stable CAD enrolled in the Heart and Soul Study...
April 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445878/differential-allelic-expression-of-htr1b-in-suicide-victims-genetic-and-epigenetic-effect-of-the-cis-acting-variants
#8
Ali Bani-Fatemi, Aaron Howe, Clement Zai, James L Kennedy, John Vincent, John Strauss, Albert Wong, Vincenzo De Luca
OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we tested the allelic imbalance of the C861G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of HTR1B in the frontal cortex of suicide victims. METHODS: The study was conducted using 3 sets of samples. First, C861G allele-specific mRNA levels in the frontal cortex were compared between suicide (n = 13) and nonsuicide controls (n = 13) from the Stanley Medical Research postmortem brain collection. Second, we tested common variants in the HTR1B promoter for linkage disequilibrium (LD) with the C861G variant in an unrelated sample of suicide attempters (SA; n = 38) and non-SA (NSA; n = 42)...
April 27, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445874/erythropoietin-treatment-exacerbates-moderate-injury-after-hypoxia-ischemia-in-neonatal-superoxide-dismutase-transgenic-mice
#9
R Ann Sheldon, Christine Windsor, Byong Sop Lee, Olatz Arteaga Cabeza, Donna M Ferriero
The neonatal brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress as developing endogenous antioxidant mechanisms are overwhelmed. In the neonate, superoxide dismutase (SOD) overexpression worsens hypoxic-ischemic injury due to H2O2 accumulation in the brain. Erythropoietin (EPO) is upregulated in 2 phases after HI, early (4 h) and late (7 days), and exogenous EPO has been effective in reducing the injury, possibly through reducing oxidative stress. We hypothesized that exogenous EPO would limit injury from excess H2O2 seen in SOD1-overexpressing mice, and thus enhance recovery after HI...
April 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445852/sensitive-analysis-and-pharmacokinetic-study-of-epalrestat-in-c57bl-6j-mice
#10
Jingqiu Huang, Runbin Sun, Siqi Feng, Jun He, Fei Fei, Haoxue Gao, Yuqing Zhao, Yue Zhang, Huilin Gu, Jiye Aa, Guangji Wang
Epalrestat is clinically applied for the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, yet its pharmacokinetic properties are not well understood. In this study, a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS method was established for assaying epalrestat in bio-samples of mice. The method was validated and it showed a good linearity over the range of 2-5000ng/mL, a precision of less than 12.3%, and recovery and matrix effects of 112.5-123.6% and 87.9-89.5%, respectively. After administration of a single dose of epalrestat administered, the exposure level of AUC0-∞ was positively dose-dependent and the mean Cmax, AUC0-12h, T1/2, and MRT were 36...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445807/rewiring-brain-circuits-to-block-cataplexy-in-murine-models-of-narcolepsy
#11
REVIEW
Meng Liu, Carlos Blanco-Centurion, Priyattam J Shiromani
Narcolepsy was first identified almost 130 years ago, but it was only 15 years ago that it was identified as a neurodegenerative disease linked to a loss of orexin neurons in the brain. It is unclear what causes the orexin neurons to die, but our strategy has been to place the gene for orexin into surrogate neurons in the validated mouse models of narcolepsy, and test whether it can block narcolepsy symptoms, such as cataplexy. In both the orexin knockout and the orexin-ataxin-3 mouse models of narcolepsy we have found that cataplexy can be blocked if the surrogate neurons are part of the circuit responsible for cataplexy...
April 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445784/brain-potentials-predict-language-selection-before-speech-onset-in-bilinguals
#12
Yan Jing Wu, Guillaume Thierry
Studies of language production in bilinguals have seldom considered the fact that language selection likely involves proactive control. Here, we show that Chinese-English bilinguals actively inhibit the language not-to-be used before the onset of a picture to be named. Depending on the nature of a directive cue, participants named a subsequent picture in their native language, in their second language, or remained silent. The cue elicited a contingent negative variation of event-related brain potentials, greater in amplitude when the cue announced a naming trial as compared to when it announced a silent trial...
April 23, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445782/the-immunohistochemical-distribution-of-the-gabaa-receptor-%C3%AE-1-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-3-%C3%AE-2-3-and-%C3%AE-2-subunits-in-the-human-thalamus
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H J Waldvogel, M Munkle, W van Roon-Mom, H Mohler, R L M Faull
The GABAA receptor is the most abundant inhibitory receptor in the human brain and is assembled from a variety of different subunit subtypes which determines their pharmacology and physiology. To determine which GABAA receptor subunit proteins are found in the human thalamus we investigated the distribution of five major GABAA receptor subunits α1, α2, α3, β2,3 and γ2 using immunohistochemical techniques. The α1-, β2,3- and γ2- subunits which combine to form a benzodiazepine sensitive GABAA receptor showed the most intense levels of staining and were the most common subunits found throughout the human thalamus especially in the ventral and posterior nuclear groups...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445779/the-acute-cardiorespiratory-effects-of-centrally-injected-arachidonic-acid-the-mediation-of-prostaglandin-e-d-and-f2%C3%AE
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Leman Gizem Erkan, Burcin Altinbas, Gokcen Guvenc, Begum Aydin, Nasir Niaz, Murat Yalcin
Arachidonic acid (AA), which is released from synaptic membrane phospholipid by neuroreceptor-initiated activation of phospholipase A2, is abundant in the brain and works as a neurotransmitter and/or neuromodulator in the central nervous system. Recently we reported that centrally injected AA generated pressor and hyperventilation effects by activating thromboxane A2 (TXA2) signaling pathway. The present study was designed to investigate the mediation of other metabolites of AA such as prostaglandin (PG) D, PGE and PGF2α alongside TXA2 in the AA-evoked cardiorespiratory effects in anaesthetized rats...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445774/voxresnet-deep-voxelwise-residual-networks-for-brain-segmentation-from-3d-mr-images
#15
REVIEW
Hao Chen, Qi Dou, Lequan Yu, Jing Qin, Pheng-Ann Heng
Segmentation of key brain tissues from 3D medical images is of great significance for brain disease diagnosis, progression assessment and monitoring of neurologic conditions. While manual segmentation is time-consuming, laborious, and subjective, automated segmentation is quite challenging due to the complicated anatomical environment of brain and the large variations of brain tissues. We propose a novel voxelwise residual network (VoxResNet) with a set of effective training schemes to cope with this challenging problem...
April 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445772/rosiglitazone-pretreatment-influences-thrombin-induced-phagocytosis-by-rat-microglia-via-activating-ppar%C3%AE-and-cd36
#16
Qiong Mu, Likun Wang, Hang Hang, Chunfeng Liu, Guofeng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the protective role of rosiglitazone against secondary brain injury after cerebral hemorrhage, we investigated the effect of rosiglitazone pretreatment on thrombin-induced microglial phagocytosis and described the molecular mechanisms involved in this process. METHODS: Primary microglial cells were obtained from the brain tissue of newborn Sprague-Dawley rats and were randomly divided into four groups: the normal, thrombin stimulation, thrombin-treated plus rosiglitazone, and thrombin-rosiglitazone plus proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) antagonist groups...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445771/cyclin-dependent-kinase-5-collapsin-response-mediator-protein-2-pathway-may-mediate-sevoflurane-induced-dendritic-development-abnormalities-in-rat-cortical-neurons
#17
Yafang Liu, Daowei Lin, Chuiliang Liu, Yifan Zhao, Zhiwen Shen, Kun Zhang, Minghui Cao, Yujuan Li
Sevoflurane has been reported to induce neurotoxicity and cognitive impairment in the developing brains. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Recent studies have demonstrated aberrant cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) activity is implicated in inhaled anesthetic-induced neurotoxicity. CDK5/CRMP2 signaling is involved in the cortical and hippocampal dendritic development. The aim of present study is to investigate whether the CDK5/CRMP2 pathway mediates sevoflurane-induced dendritic development abnormalities...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445769/evidence-for-mast-cell-mediated-zinc-homeostasis-increased-labile-zinc-in-the-hippocampus-of-mast-cell-deficient-mice
#18
Rachel H Kennedy, Amen Wiqas, James P Curley
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a site of adult neurogenesis, and is also known to contain one of the highest concentrations of labile brain zinc (Zn), thought to aid in learning and memory by supporting neurogenesis. At the same time, it is known that unbound Zn, when present at excessive levels, decreases the formation of new neurons. Since mast cells contain Zn transporters capable of moving this essential element across their plasma membrane, as well as Zn-rich granules that are dispelled upon secretion, we reasoned that mast cells contribute to Zn homeostasis in this area of the brain, as they are found in greatest numbers in and around the dentate gyrus...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445753/pyroglutamate-modified-amyloid-%C3%AE-3-42-shows-%C3%AE-helical-intermediates-before-amyloid-formation
#19
Christina Dammers, Kerstin Reiss, Lothar Gremer, Justin Lecher, Tamar Ziehm, Matthias Stoldt, Melanie Schwarten, Dieter Willbold
Pyroglutamate-modified amyloid-β (pEAβ) has been described as a relevant Aβ species in Alzheimer's-disease-affected brains, with pEAβ (3-42) as a dominant isoform. Aβ (1-40) and Aβ (1-42) have been well characterized under various solution conditions, including aqueous solutions containing trifluoroethanol (TFE). To characterize structural properties of pEAβ (3-42) possibly underlying its drastically increased aggregation propensity compared to Aβ (1-42), we started our studies in various TFE-water mixtures and found striking differences between the two Aβ species...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445745/increased-tissue-stiffness-in-tumors-from-mice-with-neurofibromatosis-1-optic-glioma
#20
Christopher Walter, Lindsey Crawford, Melinda Lai, Joseph A Toonen, Yuan Pan, Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, David H Gutmann, Amit Pathak
Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) cancer predisposition syndrome are prone to the development of low-grade brain tumors (gliomas) within the optic pathway (optic gliomas). One of the key obstacles to developing successful therapeutic strategies for these tumors is the striking lack of information about the mechanical properties that characterize these tumors relative to non-neoplastic optic nerve tissue. To study the physical changes that may occur when an optic nerve glioma is present, we employed atomic force microscopy to measure the stiffness of healthy versus tumor-bearing optic nerve tissue...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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