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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092807/application-of-the-dreadd-technique-in-biomedical-brain-research
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REVIEW
Grzegorz Dobrzanski, Małgorzata Kossut
The DREADD (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs) technique is a new chemogenetic approach allowing for selective and remote control of neural activity with a high degree of spatial resolution. Since its discovery in 2007 the DREADD technique was successfully employed into basic research, and together with the optogenetic method provided so far the best tool to influence the activity of the brain circuits and cell populations. The first aim of this review was to concisely describe the technique with regard to such issues like the history of its development, biochemistry as well as modes of the designer receptors delivery and expression...
October 29, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092660/the-role-of-peripheral-immune-cells-in-the-cns-in-steady-state-and-disease
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REVIEW
Marco Prinz, Josef Priller
The CNS is protected by the immune system, including cells that reside directly within the CNS and help to ensure proper neural function, as well as cells that traffic into the CNS with disease. The CNS-resident immune system is comprised mainly of innate immune cells and operates under homeostatic conditions. These myeloid cells in the CNS parenchyma and at CNS-periphery interfaces are highly specialized but also extremely plastic cells that immediately react to any changes in CNS homeostasis and become reactive in the context of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease...
January 16, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092423/-1-h-qnmr-quantification-of-annonaceous-acetogenins-in-crude-extracts-of-annona-muricata-l-fruit-pulp
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Natacha Bonneau, Timothé Cynober, Jean-Christophe Jullian, Pierre Champy
INTRODUCTION: Annonaceous acetogenins (AAGs) constitute a group of environmental neurotoxins, possibly implicated in sporadic atypical Parkinsonism/dementia complexes. The recent evidencing of complex mixtures of AAGs in edible fruits and derived food products requires efficient and practical analytical tools for an estimation of human exposure. OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple method for the direct quantitation of the majority of AAGs (sub-types 1a and 1b) within crude extracts, using commonly available (1) H-NMR spectrometers, for food control...
January 16, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091751/long-term-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-with-levodopa-and-other-adjunctive-drugs
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Yoshikuni Mizuno, Satoe Shimoda, Hideki Origasa
We report a long-term treatment of Parkinson's disease in out-patient clinics. The patients with Parkinson's disease were evaluated at the time of clinic visit from September 1st, 2015 to February 29th, 2016. Total number of the patients was 498. The age at the evaluation was 69.9 ± 9.3 years and the age of onset was 60.2 ± 11.3. Hoehn and Yahr severity was 3.28 ± 0.94 in patients who were from 16 to 20 years (n = 53) and 3.00 ± 0.86 in patients from 21 years or more (n = 38) from the onset of the disease to the evaluation...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091622/clinical-variations-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-or-without-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder-a-meta-analysis
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Ruo-Lin Zhu, Cheng-Juan Xie, Pan-Pan Hu, Kai Wang
This study aimed to evaluate the clinical variations in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with (PDRBD) or without REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) (Non-RBD), and PDRBD patients were classified into Confirmed-RBD (definite diagnosis with polysomnography, PSG) and Probable-RBD (without PSG re-confirmation). The clinical difference between the groups of patients was measured as an odds ratio (OR) or standardized mean difference (SMD, Cohen d). A total of 31 articles with data from 5,785 participants were obtained for our analysis...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091566/efficient-generation-of-hpsc-derived-midbrain-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-fully-defined-scalable-3d-biomaterial-platform
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Maroof M Adil, Gonçalo M C Rodrigues, Rishikesh U Kulkarni, Antara T Rao, Nicole E Chernavsky, Evan W Miller, David V Schaffer
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have major potential as an unlimited source of functional cells for many biomedical applications; however, the development of cell manufacturing systems to enable this promise faces many challenges. For example, there have been major recent advances in the generation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons from stem cells for Parkinson's Disease (PD) therapy; however, production of these cells typically involves undefined components and difficult to scale 2D culture formats. Here, we used a fully defined, 3D, thermoresponsive biomaterial platform to rapidly generate large numbers of action-potential firing mDA neurons after 25 days of differentiation (~40% tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) positive, maturing into 25% cells exhibiting mDA neuron-like spiking behavior)...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091340/fahr-s-disease-presenting-as-late-onset-levodopa-responsive-parkinsonism
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Niraj Kumar, Mandar Jog
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090684/predict-pd-an-online-approach-to-prospectively-identify-risk-indicators-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Alastair J Noyce, Lea R'Bibo, Luisa Peress, Jonathan P Bestwick, Kerala L Adams-Carr, Niccolo E Mencacci, Christopher H Hawkes, Joseph M Masters, Nicholas Wood, John Hardy, Gavin Giovannoni, Andrew J Lees, Anette Schrag
BACKGROUND: A number of early features can precede the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). OBJECTIVE: To test an online, evidence-based algorithm to identify risk indicators of PD in the UK population. METHODS: Participants aged 60 to 80 years without PD completed an online survey and keyboard-tapping task annually over 3 years, and underwent smell tests and genotyping for glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) mutations...
January 16, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090678/the-epileptic-and-nonepileptic-spectrum-of-paroxysmal-dyskinesias-channelopathies-synaptopathies-and-transportopathies
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REVIEW
Roberto Erro, Kailash P Bhatia, Alberto J Espay, Pasquale Striano
Historically, the syndrome of primary paroxysmal dyskinesias was considered a group of disorders as a result of ion channel dysfunction. This proposition was primarily based on the discovery of mutations in ion channels, which caused other episodic neurological disorders such as epilepsy and migraine and also supported by the frequent association between paroxysmal dyskinesias and epilepsy. However, the discovery of the genes responsible for the 3 classic forms of paroxysmal dyskinesias disproved this ion channel theory...
January 16, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090676/mutations-in-tmem230-are-not-a-common-cause-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Marialuisa Quadri, Guido J Breedveld, Hsiu-Chen Chang, Tu-Hsueh Yeh, Leonor Correia Guedes, Vincenzo Toni, Edito Fabrizio, Michele De Mari, Astrid Thomas, Cristina Tassorelli, Janneke P M A Rood, Valeria Saddi, Hsin Fen Chien, Anneke J A Kievit, Agnita J W Boon, Fabrizio Stocchi, Leonardo Lopiano, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Pietro Cortelli, Giuseppe Meco, Giovanni Cossu, Egberto Reis Barbosa, Joaquim J Ferreira, Chin-Song Lu, Vincenzo Bonifati
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090391/neurotoxin-induced-catecholaminergic-loss-in-the-colonic-myenteric-plexus-of-rhesus-monkeys
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Jeanette M Shultz, Henry Resnikoff, Viktorya Bondarenko, Valerie Joers, Andres Mejia, Heather Simmons, Marina E Emborg
OBJECTIVE: Constipation is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although pathology of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been associated with constipation in PD, the contribution of catecholaminergic neurodegeneration to this symptom is currently debated. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on the colonic myenteric plexus and shed light on the role of catecholaminergic innervation in gastrointestinal (GI) function...
November 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090177/the-effects-of-crocin-on-6-ohda-induced-oxidative-nitrosative-damage-and-motor-behaviour-in-hemiparkinsonian-rats
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Maryam Hosseini, Ziba Rajaei, Hojjatallah Alaei, Mohamadhasan Tajadini
BACKGROUND: Crocin is considered to prevent oxidative stress-related diseases, such as ischemia and Alzheimer's. The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the effects of crocin on motor behaviour and 6-OHDA-induced oxidative/nitrosative damage to the striatum in an experimental model of Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Left medial forebrain bundle was lesioned by microinjection of 6-OHDA (16μg in 0.2% ascorbate-saline). Crocin (30 and 60 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally three days before surgery until six weeks...
November 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089265/gender-differences-in-parkinson-s-disease-depression
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Andrew J Perrin, Ekaterina Nosova, Kim Co, Adam Book, Oscar Iu, Vanessa Silva, Christina Thompson, Martin J McKeown, A Jon Stoessl, Matthew J Farrer, Silke Appel-Cresswell
INTRODUCTION: 30-40% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) experience depression during their illness; identifying subtypes of depression and groups at risk remains a challenge in routine clinical care. One avenue that remains underexplored is the gender-specific profiles manifested in PD depression. We sought to explore this in a large sample of clinical PD patients. METHODS: 307 patient records at a tertiary referral centre were reviewed for clinical and demographic factors...
December 29, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089264/development-and-validation-of-the-deep-brain-stimulation-impairment-scale-dbs-is
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Franziska Maier, Catharine J Lewis, Carsten Eggers, Andrea A Kühn, Henriette Krug, Jens Volkmann, Anna D Kirsch, Lars Wojtecki, Alfons Schnitzler, Günther Deuschl, Joachim K Krauss, Christiane Woopen, Lars Timmermann
BACKGROUND: Bilateral deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) has considerable influence on motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD). While improvements in motor functioning can be easily assessed with general quality of life questionnaires, the measurement of specific STN-DBS-associated impairments often remains insufficient. Hence, we aimed to develop a questionnaire that measures STN-DBS-related impairments. METHODS: The development of the (STN-)DBS Impairment Scale (DBS-IS) consisted of four steps...
January 6, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089250/pathology-of-behavior-in-pd-what-is-known-and-what-is-not
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REVIEW
Kaylena A Ehgoetz Martens, Simon J G Lewis
Abnormal behavior in Parkinson's disease (PD) stems from a complex orchestration of impaired neural networks that result from PD-related neurodegeneration across multiple levels. Typically, cellular and tissue abnormalities generate neurochemical changes and disrupt specific regions of the brain, in turn creating impaired neural circuits and dysfunctional global networks. The objective of this chapter is to provide an overview of the array of pathological changes that have been linked to different behavioral symptoms of PD such as depression, anxiety, apathy, fatigue, impulse control disorders, psychosis, sleep disorders and dementia...
December 29, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088795/influence-of-intracranial-air-on-electrode-position-and-clinical-outcomes-following-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease
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J Nicole Bentley, Zhe Guan, Karen S Cummings, Kelvin L Chou, Parag G Patil
BACKGROUND: The introduction of intracranial air during deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is believed to negatively impact targeting accuracy and clinical outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between intracranial air (ICA) volumes, targeting accuracy, and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing subthalamic nucleus (STN) DBS for Parkinson's disease. METHODS: ICA in 73 consecutive STN DBS cases (146 leads) was measured by high-resolution CT and correlated with proximal lead bowing, electrode displacement, targeting accuracy, and clinical outcomes at 6 and 12 months...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088666/vocal-emotion-decoding-in-the-subthalamic-nucleus-an-intracranial-erp-study-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Julie Péron, Olivier Renaud, Claire Haegelen, Lucas Tamarit, Valérie Milesi, Jean-François Houvenaghel, Thibaut Dondaine, Marc Vérin, Paul Sauleau, Didier Grandjean
Using intracranial local field potential (LFP) recordings in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS), we explored the electrophysiological activity of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in response to emotional stimuli in the auditory modality. Previous studies focused on the influence of visual stimuli. To this end, we recorded LFPs within the STN in response to angry, happy, and neutral prosodies in 13 patients with PD who had just undergone implantation of DBS electrodes...
January 12, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088536/targeting-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-in-neurological-disorders
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REVIEW
Sita Sharan Patel, Sunil Tomar, Diksha Sharma, Neeraj Mahindroo, Malairaman Udayabanu
Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling influences neurogenesis and neural patterning during the development of central nervous system. Dysregulation of Shh signaling in brain leads to neurological disorders like autism spectrum disorder, depression, dementia, stroke, Parkinson's diseases, Huntington's disease, locomotor deficit, epilepsy, demyelinating disease, neuropathies as well as brain tumors. The synthesis, processing and transport of Shh ligand as well as the localization of its receptors and signal transduction in the central nervous system has been carefully reviewed...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088492/pikuni-blackfeet-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
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Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Mitali Arun Tambe, Sin Ying Ma, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disorder affecting 5% of the population over the age of 85 years. Current treatments primarily involve dopamine replacement therapy, which leads to temporary relief of motor symptoms but fails to slow the underlying neurodegeneration. Thus, there is a need for safe PD therapies with neuroprotective activity. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Pikuni-Blackfeet tribe from Western Montana to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify medicinal plants that are affordable to traditional communities and accessible to larger populations...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088380/aquatic-exercise-therapy-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Louise M Carroll, Daniele Volpe, Meg E Morris, Jean Saunders, Amanda M Clifford
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of aquatic exercise therapy on gait variability and disability compared to usual care for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). DESIGN: Single-blind randomized control trial (RCT). SETTING: A community based hydrotherapy pool in Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty one individuals with PD (Hoehn-Yahr Stages I-III). INTERVENTIONS: Participants were randomly assigned to either an aquatic exercise therapy group (45 minutes, twice a week for 6 weeks) or a control group that received usual care...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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