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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776018/voxel-based-morphometry-in-creative-writers-gray-matter-increase-in-a-prefronto-thalamic-cerebellar-network
#1
Nicola Neumann, Martin Domin, Katharina Erhard, Martin Lotze
Continuous practice modulates those features of brain anatomy specifically associated with requirements of the respective training task. The current study aimed to highlight brain structural changes going along with long-term experience in creative writing. To this end, we investigated the gray-matter volume of 23 expert writers with voxel-based morphometry and compared it to 28 matched non-expert controls. Expert writers had higher gray-matter volume in the right superior frontal and middle frontal gyri (BA 9,10) as well as left middle frontal gyrus (BA 9, 10, 46), the bilateral medial dorsal nuclei of the thalamus and left posterior cerebellum...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776014/association-of-objectively-measured-physical-activity-with-brain-structure-uk-biobank-study
#2
Mark Hamer, Nikhil Sharma, G David Batty
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be beneficial for cognition but mechanisms are unclear. We examined the association between objectively assessed physical activity and brain volume, with a focus on the hippocampus region. METHODS: We used data from UK Biobank (n=5,272; aged 55.4±7.5 yrs; 45.6% men) collected through 2013-2016. Participants wore the Axivity AX3 wrist-worn triaxial accelerometer for seven days to assess habitual physical activity. Structural magnetic resonance imaging was performed using a standard Siemens Skyra 3T running VD13A SP4 to obtain images of the brain...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775963/brain-ischemic-preconditioning-protects-against-ischemic-injury-and-preserves-the-blood-brain-barrier-via-oxidative-signaling-and-nrf2-activation
#3
Tuo Yang, Yang Sun, Leilei Mao, Meijuan Zhang, Qianqian Li, Lili Zhang, Yejie Shi, Rehana K Leak, Jun Chen, Feng Zhang
Brain ischemic preconditioning (IPC) with mild ischemic episodes is well known to protect the brain against subsequent ischemic challenges. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we demonstrate the critical role of the master redox transcription factor, nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), in IPC-mediated neuroprotection and blood-brain barrier (BBB) preservation. We report that IPC causes generation of endogenous lipid electrophiles, including 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), which release Nrf2 from inhibition by Keap1 (via Keap1-C288) and inhibition by glycogen synthase kinase 3β (via GSK3β-C199)...
May 6, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775928/tributyltin-impaired-reproductive-success-in-female-zebrafish-through-disrupting-oogenesis-reproductive-behaviors-and-serotonin-synthesis
#4
Wei-Yang Xiao, Ying-Wen Li, Qi-Liang Chen, Zhi-Hao Liu
Tributyltin (TBT), an organotin acting as aromatase (Cyp19a1) inhibitor, has been found to disrupt gametogenesis and reproductive behaviors in several fish species. However, few studies addressing the mechanisms underlying the impaired gametogenesis and reproduction have been reported. In this study, female adults of zebrafish (Danio rerio) were continuously exposed to two nominal concentrations of TBT (100 and 500 ng/L, actual concentrations: 90.8 ± 1.3 ng/L and 470.3 ± 2.7 ng/L, respectively) for 28 days...
May 12, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775888/therapeutic-impact-of-rhuepo-on-abnormal-platelet-app-bace-1-presenilin-1-adam-10-and-a%C3%AE-expressions-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-with-cognitive-dysfunction-like-alzheimer-s-disease-a-pilot-study
#5
Vinothkumar G, Krishnakumar S, Sureshkumar, Shivashekar G, Sreedhar S, Preethikrishnan, Dinesh S, Sundaram A, Balakrishnan D, Riya, Venkataraman P
BACKGROUND: Cognitive dysfunction is reported to be a major cause of morbidity in chronic kidney disease (CKD). The senile plaques (SPs) in the brain are one of the most pathophysiological characteristics of cognitive dysfunction and its major constituent amyloid β (Aβ) released from amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β (BACE1) and γ (presenilin 1) secretases . Platelets contain more than 95% of the circulating APP and implicate as a candidate biomarker for cognitive decline. Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) is a standard therapy for anemia in CKD and also acts as a neuroprotective agent...
May 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775875/the-reduced-level-of-growth-factors-in-an-animal-model-of-depression-is-accompanied-by-regulated-necrosis-in-the-frontal-cortex-but-not-in-the-hippocampus
#6
Mateusz Kucharczyk, Anna Kurek, Bartosz Pomierny, Jan Detka, Mariusz Papp, Katarzyna Tota, Bogusława Budziszewska
In the present study, we asked if the different types of stress alter neuronal plasticity markers distinctively in the frontal cortex (FCx) and in the hippocampus (Hp). To do so, we implemented various stress regimens to analyze changes evoked in these rat brain structures. We utilized several molecular techniques, including western blot, ELISA, quantitative RT-PCR, and various biochemical assays, to examine a range of proteins and subjected rats to behavioral tests to evaluate potential maladaptive alterations...
May 14, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775838/deconstructing-skill-learning-and-its-physiological-mechanisms
#7
Danny Spampinato, Pablo Celnik
Acquiring complex motor skills involves learning a number of distinct motor components. Two fundamental elements that constitute a skill are the internal representation (i.e., the calibration of a sensorimotor map) and the sequence of movements needed to execute the task. Learning each of these likely rely on different neural substrates such as the cerebellum and primary motor cortex (M1), and physiological mechanisms. However, the specific neurophysiological processes underlying the acquisition of these components remains poorly understood...
March 27, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775808/phase-ii-study-of-maintenance-pembrolizumab-in-patients-with-extensive-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer-sclc
#8
Shirish M Gadgeel, Nathan A Pennell, Mary Jo Fidler, Balazs Halmos, Philip Bonomi, James Stevenson, Bryan Schneider, Ammar Sukari, Jaclyn Ventimiglia, Wei Chen, Cathy Galasso, Antoinette Wozniak, Julie Boerner, Gregory P Kalemkerian
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of maintenance pembrolizumab in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients, after treatment with platinum/etoposide. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Extensive-stage SCLC patients with a response or stable disease following induction chemotherapy were eligible. Pembrolizumab at a dose of 200 mg IV every 3 weeks was initiated within 8 weeks of the last cycle of chemotherapy. The primary endpoint of the study was progression-free survival (PFS) from study registration, with overall survival (OS) as a key secondary endpoint...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775807/fir-efficacy-safety-and-biomarker-analysis-of-a-phase-ii-open-label-study-of-atezolizumab-in-pd-l1-selected-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#9
David R Spigel, Jamie E Chaft, Scott Gettinger, Bo H Chao, Luc Dirix, Peter Schmid, Laura Q M Chow, Rodney J Hicks, Larry Leon, Jill Fredrickson, Marcin Kowanetz, Alan Sandler, Roel Funke, Naiyer A Rizvi
INTRODUCTION: The FIR phase II study (NCT01846416) evaluated the efficacy and safety of anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) atezolizumab in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) selected by tumor cell (TC) or tumor-infiltrating immune cell (IC) PD-L1 expression. METHODS: Patients with PD-L1 TC2/3 (PD-L1 staining on ≥5% of TC) or IC2/3 tumors (PD-L1 staining on ≥5% of IC; determined by SP142 PD-L1 immunohistochemistry assay) with paired fresh and archival histology samples were recruited into Cohort 1 (chemotherapy-naïve/>6 months between adjuvant chemotherapy and recurrence), Cohort 2 (≥ second-line without brain metastases), or Cohort 3 (≥ second-line with treated brain metastases)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775777/antidepressant-potential-of-novel-flavonoids-derivatives-from-sweet-violet-viola-odorata-l-pharmacological-biochemical-and-computational-evidences-for-possible-involvement-of-serotonergic-mechanism
#10
Nasiara Karim, Imran Khan, Abeer Abdelhalim, Ajmal Khan, Sobia Ahsan Halim
Plant-derived natural constituents are of great interest in modern drug discovery due to their natural diversity. Viola odorata L has been traditionally used for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The present study was undertaken to isolate phytoconstituents including three flavonoids 5,7-Dihydroxy-3,6-dimethoxyflavone[1] 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3',5'dimethoxyflavone [2] and 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3'-methoxyflavone [3] from the whole plant of Viola odorata L and to investigate the antidepressant-like effects of these compounds and their possible mechanism of action using antagonists of the serotonergic, dopaminergic and adrenergic system...
May 15, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775768/canine-pet-dog-tumor-microsurgery-and-intratumoral-concentration-and-safety-of-metronomic-chlorambucil-for-spontaneous-glioma-a-phase-i-clinical-trial
#11
R Timothy Bentley, Stephanie A Thomovsky, Margaret A Miller, Deborah W Knapp, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol
INTRODUCTION: Metronomic (daily low-dose) chlorambucil requires further study before implementation in human glioma. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the distribution and safety of metronomic chlorambucil in naturally occurring canine glioma. METHODS: Eight client-owned (pet) dogs with newly diagnosed spontaneous glioma were prospectively enrolled. Chlorambucil was administered preoperatively at 4 mg/m2 q 24hr for ≥ 3 days, and continued postoperatively until death or dose-limiting adverse events...
May 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775745/analysis-of-neurotrophic-and-antioxidant-factors-related-to-midbrain-dopamine-neuronal-loss-and-brain-inflammation-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-the-elderly
#12
Angel Martin-de-Pablos, Antonio Córdoba-Fernández, Emilio Fernández-Espejo
Midbrain dopamine neuronal loss and neuroinflammation are two phenomena that are associated with brain senescence. Neurotrophic factor changes and oxidative stress could subserve these phenomena. Aging-related brain changes can be well monitored through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The objective was to analyze neurotrophic and oxidative parameters that could be related to midbrain dopamine neuronal loss or brain inflammation in the CSF of elderly subjects: 1) levels of the dopaminotrophic factors BDNF, GDNF, persephin, and neurturin, 2) levels of the proinflammatory factors TGFβ1 and TGFβ2 ; 3) activity of main antioxidant enzymes (catalases, glutathione-peroxidase, glutathione-reductase, glutathione-S-transferases, peroxirredoxins, and superoxide-dismutases), 4) ferritin content, antioxidant protein which reduces reactive free iron, and 5) antioxidant potential of the cerebrospinal fluid...
May 15, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775717/temozolomide-loaded-nano-lipid-based-chitosan-hydrogel-for-nose-to-brain-delivery-characterization-nasal-absorption-histopathology-and-cell-line-study
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Anam Khan, Mohd Aqil, Syed Sarim Imam, Abdul Ahad, Yasmin Sultana, Asgar Ali, Khalid Khan
The present study was designed to develop and optimize Temozolomide nano lipid chitosan gel delivery (TMZNLCHG) to target the brain through nasal route. The formulation was developed using chitosan as a gelling agent and Vit E: gelucire 44/14 blend as lipid. The formulations were evaluated for particle size, drug loading, morphology, drug release, nasal diffusion, cell line study, and histopathology study. The average particle size, PDI, %EE, loading, drug release, and % permeation were found to be 134 nm, 0...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775701/lithium-posttreatment-alleviates-blood-brain-barrier-injury-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#14
Weishan Li, Rui Li, Sha Zhao, Cheng Jiang, Zhen Liu, Xiaobo Tang
Vasogenic cerebral edema formation after blood brain barrier (BBB) damage aggravates the devastating consequences of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The present study aims to probe into a therapeutic method on BBB preservation after ICH with a glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) inhibitor, lithium. Intrastriatal infusion of semicoagulated autologous whole blood or sham surgery was performed on male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (n = 208).Experimental animals received administration of 4,6-disubstitutedpyrrolo-pyrimidine (TWS119), lithium alone or in combination with a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor, wortmannin, after ICH...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775696/tph2-polymorphisms-across-the-spectrum-of-psychiatric-morbidity-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Koen Willem Ottenhof, Mari Sild, Mélissa Luce Lévesque, Henricus Gerardus Ruhé, Linda Booij
Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) is the rate-limiting enzyme in brain serotonin synthesis. The TPH2 gene has frequently been investigated in relation to psychiatric morbidity. The aim of the present review is to integrate results from association studies between TPH2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and various psychiatric disorders, which we furthermore quantified with meta-analysis. We reviewed 166 studies investigating 69 TPH2 SNPs in a broad range of psychiatric disorders, including over 30,000 patients...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775678/synaptic-transmission-and-excitability-during-hypoxia-with-inflammation-and-reoxygenation-in-hippocampal-ca1-neurons
#16
Yoon-Sil Yang, Sook Jin Son, Joon Ho Choi, Jong-Cheol Rah
Although a number of experimental and clinical studies have shown that hypoxia typically accompanies acute inflammatory responses, the combinatorial effect of the two insults on basic neural function has not been thoroughly investigated. Previous studies have predominantly suggested that hypoxia reduces network activity; however, several studies suggest the opposite effect. Of note, inflammation is known to increase neural activity. In the current study, we examined the effects of limited oxygen in combination with an inflammatory stimulus, as well as the effects of reoxygenation, on synaptic transmission and excitability...
May 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775672/upregulation-of-psmb8-and-cathepsins-in-the-human-brains-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#17
Qunxing Ding, Haiyan Zhu
Proteasome and lysosome are responsible for the homeostasis of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates in cells. Numerous reports indicate the proteolytic pathways have altered functions during neurodegeneration and aging. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is one of the leading forms of dementia, and the proteolytic alteration in DLB has not yet been fully investigated. This study shows that the components of proteasome and lysosome had selectively altered gene expression and enzymatic functions. Specifically, PSMB8, an inducible proteasomal β subunit, had elevated mRNA level and protein level in DLB brain compared with age-matched controls...
May 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775658/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-protects-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-reoxygenation-injury-involvement-of-inhibiting-autophagy-via-class-i-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#18
Guang Yang, Ning Wang, Sai Wang Seto, Dennis Chang, Huazheng Liang
The present study aimed to test whether Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) protects the brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMECs) injury induced by oxygen glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR autophagy signaling pathway. Primary rat BMECs were cultured and identified by the expression of factor VIII-related antigen before being exposed to OGD/R to imitate ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in vitro. The protective effect of HSYA was evaluated by assessing (1) cellular morphologic and ultrastructural changes; (2) cell viability and cytotoxicity; (3) transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) of monolayer BMECs; (4) cell apoptosis; (5) fluorescence intensity of LC3B; (6) LC3 mRNA expression; (7) protein expressions of LC3, Beclin-1, Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), phospho-Akt (p-Akt), Akt, phospho-mTOR (p-mTOR) and mTOR...
May 15, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775643/myocardial-infarction-induced-hippocampal-microtubule-damage-by-cardiac-originating-microrna-1-in-mice
#19
Lin-Lin Sun, Ming-Jing Duan, Ji-Chao Ma, Ling Xu, Meng Mao, Das Biddyut, Qin Wang, Chao Yang, Shuai Zhang, Yi Xu, Lin Yang, You Tian, Ying Liu, Sheng-Nan Xia, Ke-Xin Li, Zhuo Jin, Qiaojie Xiong, Jing Ai
Cardiovascular diseases are risk factors for dementia, but the mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we report that myocardial infarction (MI) generated by the ligation of the left coronary artery (LCA) could lead to increased miR-1 levels in the hippocampus and blood with neuronal microtubule damage and decreased TPPP/p25 protein expression in the hippocampus. These changes could be prevented by a knockdown of miR-1 using hippocampal stereotaxic injections of anti-miR-1 oligonucleotide fragments carried by a lentivirus vector (lenti-pre-AMO-miR-1)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775640/prestimulus-delta-and-theta-contributions-to-equiprobable-go-nogo-processing-in-healthy-ageing
#20
Frances M De Blasio, Robert J Barry
Ongoing EEG activity contributes to ERP outcomes of stimulus processing, and each of these measures is known to undergo (sometimes significant) age-related change. Variation in their relationship across the life-span may thus elucidate mechanisms of normal and pathological ageing. This study assessed the relationships between low-frequency EEG prestimulus brain states, the ERP, and behavioural outcomes in a simple equiprobable auditory Go/NoGo paradigm, comparing these for 20 young (Mage  = 20.4 years) and 20 healthy older (Mage  = 68...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
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