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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226040/creutzfeldt-cell-rich-glioblastoma-a-diagnostic-dilemma
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Zain Boghani, William J Steele, Matthew D Cykowski, Leomar Y Ballester, Gavin Britz
Differentiating demyelinating conditions from neoplastic conditions can pose a significant challenge. There are a number of reports in the literature of large ring-enhancing, space-occupying lesions that were initially considered neoplastic or infectious but, on further review, were deemed demyelinating. Creutzfeldt-Peters cells (CPC) are reactive astrocytes with fragmented nuclear inclusions that are routinely seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) and generally exclude the diagnosis of glioblastoma (GB). The patient is a 78-year-old man with a history of prostate cancer, which was treated with radiation therapy, who presented with altered mental status...
October 5, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207673/comparison-among-conventional-and-advanced-mri-18f-fdg-pet-ct-phenotype-and-genotype-in-glioblastoma
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Maria Consuelo Valentini, Marta Mellai, Laura Annovazzi, Antonio Melcarne, Tetyana Denysenko, Paola Cassoni, Cristina Casalone, Cristiana Maurella, Silvia Grifoni, Piercarlo Fania, Angelina Cistaro, Davide Schiffer
Glioblastoma (GB) is a highly heterogeneous tumor. In order to identify in vivo the most malignant tumor areas, the extent of tumor infiltration and the sites giving origin to GB stem cells (GSCs), we combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and conventional and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with histology, immunohistochemistry and molecular genetics. Prior to dura opening and tumor resection, forty-eight biopsy specimens [23 of contrast-enhancing (CE) and 25 of non-contrast enhancing (NE) regions] from 12 GB patients were obtained by a frameless image-guided stereotactic biopsy technique...
October 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204745/heterogeneity-and-function-of-hippocampal-macroglia
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REVIEW
Gerald Seifert, Christian Steinhäuser
The contribution of glial cells to normal and impaired hippocampal function is increasingly being recognized, although important questions as to the mechanisms that these cells use for their crosstalk with neurons and capillaries are still unanswered or lead to controversy. Astrocytes in the hippocampus are morphologically variable and a single cell contacts with its processes more than 100,000 synapses. They predominantly express inward rectifier K+ channels and transporters serving homeostatic function but may also release gliotransmitters to modify neuronal signaling and brain circulation...
December 4, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168586/regional-oligodendrocytopathy-and-astrocytopathy-precede-myelin-loss-and-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-in-a-murine-model-of-osmotic-demyelination-syndrome
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Joanna Bouchat, Bruno Couturier, Catherine Marneffe, Fabrice Gankam-Kengne, Benoît Balau, Kathleen De Swert, Jean-Pierre Brion, Luc Poncelet, Jacques Gilloteaux, Charles Nicaise
The osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS) is a non-primary inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system myelin that is often associated with a precipitous rise of serum sodium concentration. To investigate the physiopathology of ODS in vivo, we generated a novel murine model based on the abrupt correction of chronic hyponatremia. Accordingly, ODS mice developed impairments in brainstem auditory evoked potentials and in grip strength. At 24 hr post-correction, oligodendrocyte markers (APC and Cx47) were downregulated, prior to any detectable demyelination...
November 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143947/connexin-30-is-expressed-in-a-subtype-of-mouse-brain-pericytes
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Noémie Mazaré, Alice Gilbert, Anne-Cécile Boulay, Nathalie Rouach, Martine Cohen-Salmon
Pericytes are mural cells of blood microvessels which play a crucial role at the neurovascular interface of the central nervous system. They are involved in the regulation of blood-brain barrier integrity, angiogenesis, clearance of toxic metabolites, capillary hemodynamic responses, and neuroinflammation, and they demonstrate stem cell activity. Morphological and molecular studies to characterize brain pericytes recently pointed out some heterogeneity in pericyte population. Nevertheless, a clear definition of pericyte subtypes is still lacking...
November 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137378/trastuzumab-distribution-in-an-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-model-of-brain-metastases-of-breast-cancer
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Tori B Terrell-Hall, Mohamed Ismail Nounou, Fatema El-Amrawy, Jessica I G Griffith, Paul R Lockman
Background: Drug and antibody delivery to brain metastases has been highly debated in the literature. The blood-tumor barrier (BTB) is more permeable than the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and has shown to have highly functioning efflux transporters and barrier properties, which limits delivery of targeted therapies. Methods: We characterized the permeability of (125)I-trastuzumab in an in-vivo, and fluorescent trastuzumab-Rhodamine123 (t-Rho123) in a novel microfluidic in-vitro, BBB and BTB brain metastases of breast cancer model...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122627/glial-function-and-dysfunction-in-the-normal-ischemic-brain
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REVIEW
Shino D Magaki, Christopher K Williams, Harry V Vinters
Astrocytes are the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system (CNS). Once considered to be of fairly homogeneous phenotype throughout the brain and spinal cord, they are now understood to be heterogeneous in both structure and function. They are important in brain functions as diverse as ion and fluid balance in the interstitial space, contributing to integrity of the neurovascular unit (blood-brain barrier), neurotransmitter regulation, metabolism of energy substrates and possibly even axonal regeneration...
November 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117147/the-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-subunit-isoforms-expression-in-glioblastoma-multiforme-moonlighting-roles
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Deborah Rotoli, Mariana-Mayela Cejas, María-Del-Carmen Maeso, Natalia-Dolores Pérez-Rodríguez, Manuel Morales, Julio Ávila, Ali Mobasheri, Pablo Martín-Vasallo
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common form of malignant glioma. Recent studies point out that gliomas exploit ion channels and transporters, including Na, K-ATPase, to sustain their singular growth and invasion as they invade the brain parenchyma. Moreover, the different isoforms of the β-subunit of Na, K-ATPase have been implicated in regulating cellular dynamics, particularly during cancer progression. The aim of this study was to determine the Na, K-ATPase β subunit isoform subcellular expression patterns in all cell types responsible for microenvironment heterogeneity of GBM using immunohistochemical analysis...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109680/diversity-of-evoked-astrocyte-ca-2-dynamics-quantified-through-experimental-measurements-and-mathematical-modeling
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Marsa Taheri, Gregory Handy, Alla Borisyuk, John A White
Astrocytes are a major cell type in the mammalian brain. They are not electrically excitable, but generate prominent Ca(2+) signals related to a wide variety of critical functions. The mechanisms driving these Ca(2+) events remain incompletely understood. In this study, we integrate Ca(2+) imaging, quantitative data analysis, and mechanistic computational modeling to study the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of cortical astrocyte Ca(2+) transients evoked by focal application of ATP in mouse brain slices...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080030/progenitors-in-the-ependyma-of-the-spinal-cord-a-potential-resource-for-self-repair-after-injury
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Nicolás Marichal, Cecilia Reali, María Inés Rehermann, Omar Trujillo-Cenóz, Raúl E Russo
Traumatic injury of the spinal cord leads to devastating conditions that affect ~2.5 million people worldwide. This is because the mammalian spinal cord reacts to injury with only limited endogenous repair. Functional restoration requires the replacement of lost cells, the growth and navigation of regenerating axons on a permissive scaffold and axon re-myelination. The manipulation of endogenous spinal stem cells is regarded as a potential strategy to restore function. For this type of therapy it is necessary to determine the molecular and functional mechanisms regulating the proliferation, migration and differentiation of adult spinal progenitors...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058689/deficiency-of-tumor-suppressor-ndrg2-leads-to-attention-deficit-and-hyperactive-behavior
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Yan Li, Anqi Yin, Xin Sun, Ming Zhang, Jianfang Zhang, Ping Wang, Rougang Xie, Wen Li, Ze Fan, Yuanyuan Zhu, Han Wang, Hailong Dong, Shengxi Wu, Lize Xiong
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent psychiatric disorder in children. Although an imbalance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs has been proposed as contributing to this disorder, the mechanisms underlying this highly heterogeneous disease remain largely unknown. Here, we show that N-myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) deficiency is involved in the development of ADHD in both mice and humans. Ndrg2-knockout (Ndrg2-/-) mice exhibited ADHD-like symptoms characterized by attention deficits, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and impaired memory...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052088/fascin-1-contributes-to-neuropathic-pain-by-promoting-inflammation-in-rat-spinal-cord
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Binbin Wang, Bingbing Fan, Qijun Dai, Xingguo Xu, Peipei Jiang, Lin Zhu, Haifeng Dai, Zhigang Yao, Zhongling Xu, Xiaojuan Liu
Neuropathic pain is a complicated clinical syndrome caused by heterogeneous etiology. Despite the fact that the underlying mechanisms remain elusive, it is well accepted that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the development of neuropathic pain. Fascin-1, an actin-bundling protein, has been proved to be involved in the processing of diverse biological events including cellular development, immunity, and tumor invasion etc. Recent studies have shown that Fascin-1 participates in antigen presentation and the regulation of pro-inflammatory agents...
October 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021743/resolving-astrocyte-heterogeneity-in-the-cns
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REVIEW
W Todd Farmer, Keith Murai
Astrocytes play essential roles in nearly all aspects of brain function from modulating synapses and neurovasculature to preserving appropriate extracellular solute concentrations. To meet the complex needs of the central nervous system (CNS), astrocytes possess highly specialized properties that are optimized for their surrounding neural circuitry. Precisely how these diverse astrocytes types are generated in vivo, however, remains poorly understood. Key to this process is a critical balance of intrinsic developmental patterning and context-dependent environmental signaling events that configures astrocyte phenotype...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987175/inflammatory-demyelinating-diseases-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Romana Höftberger, Hans Lassmann
Inflammatory demyelinating diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders, which occur against the background of an acute or chronic inflammatory process. The pathologic hallmark of multiple sclerosis (MS) is the presence of focal demyelinated lesions with partial axonal preservation and reactive astrogliosis. Demyelinated plaques are present in the white as well as gray matter, such as the cerebral or cerebellar cortex and brainstem nuclei. Activity of the disease process is reflected by the presence of lesions with ongoing myelin destruction...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980933/predictive-role-of-cytokines-il-10-il-12-and-tnf-%C3%AE-gene-polymorphisms-for-the-development-of-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-in-the-chinese-han-population
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L Yuan, W Li, Z B Tian, Y Li, S Sun
The progressive neurodegenerative process in osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is accompanied by chronic inflammation, including activation of microglia and astrocytes that express pro-inflammatory cytokines. Up to now, numerous studies of genetic epidemiology have assessed the association of anti- and pro-inflammation cytokines gene polymorphisms and risk of ONFH in different populations, but contradictory results were obtained due to the genetic heterogeneity of in different populations. In the study, 250 ONFH patients and 228 matched healthy controls from Shandong Province were recruited to evaluate the influence of interleukin-10 (IL-10) rs1800872, IL-12 rs3212227 and tumor necrosis factor-(TNF-α) rs1800629 polymorphism in ONFH...
September 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968832/long-term-in-vivo-calcium-imaging-of-astrocytes-reveals-distinct-cellular-compartment-responses-to-sensory-stimulation
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Jillian L Stobart, Kim David Ferrari, Matthew J P Barrett, Michael J Stobart, Zoe J Looser, Aiman S Saab, Bruno Weber
Localized, heterogeneous calcium transients occur throughout astrocytes, but the characteristics and long-term stability of these signals, particularly in response to sensory stimulation, remain unknown. Here, we used a genetically encoded calcium indicator and an activity-based image analysis scheme to monitor astrocyte calcium activity in vivo. We found that different subcellular compartments (processes, somata, and endfeet) displayed distinct signaling characteristics. Closer examination of individual signals showed that sensory stimulation elevated the number of specific types of calcium peaks within astrocyte processes and somata, in a cortical layer-dependent manner, and that the signals became more synchronous upon sensory stimulation...
November 19, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942474/svct2-expression-and-function-in-reactive-astrocytes-is-a-common-event-in-different-brain-pathologies
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Katterine Salazar, Fernando Martínez, Margarita Pérez-Martín, Manuel Cifuentes, Laura Trigueros, Luciano Ferrada, Francisca Espinoza, Natalia Saldivia, Romina Bertinat, Katherine Forman, María José Oviedo, Antonio J López-Gambero, Christian Bonansco, Ernesto R Bongarzone, Francisco Nualart
Ascorbic acid (AA), the reduced form of vitamin C, acts as a neuroprotector by eliminating free radicals in the brain. Sodium/vitamin C co-transporter isoform 2 (SVCT2) mediates uptake of AA by neurons. It has been reported that SVCT2 mRNA is induced in astrocytes under ischemic damage, suggesting that its expression is enhanced in pathological conditions. However, it remains to be established if SVCT expression is altered in the presence of reactive astrogliosis generated by different brain pathologies. In the present work, we demonstrate that SVCT2 expression is increased in astrocytes present at sites of neuroinflammation induced by intracerebroventricular injection of a GFP-adenovirus or the microbial enzyme, neuraminidase...
September 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938161/the-diverse-actions-of-astrocytes-during-synaptic-development
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REVIEW
Alexandra P Bosworth, Nicola J Allen
In the developing brain, cortical circuits are established through a complex process of synaptogenesis, maturation, and synaptic pruning. Astrocytes carry out diverse functions during each of these stages to facilitate the formation of complex networks. Recent work has begun to demonstrate that these heterogeneous roles during excitatory synaptic development are determined by the astrocyte population, brain region, and neuron type. This review will focus on current findings which highlight cell type specific mechanisms of excitatory synaptogenesis, as well as multiple mechanisms engaged by astrocytes to facilitate synaptic maturation and pruning...
September 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883484/astrocytes-and-oligodendrocytes-in-grey-and-white-matter-regions-of-the-brain-metabolize-fatty-acids
#19
Kristina Hofmann, Rosalia Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Anne Gaebler, Núria Casals, Anja Scheller, Lars Kuerschner
The grey and white matter regions of the mammalian brain consist of both neurons and neuroglial cells. Among the neuroglia, the two macroglia oligodendrocytes and astrocytes are the most abundant cell types. While the major function of oligodendrocytes is the formation of the lipid-rich myelin structure, the heterogeneous group of astrocytes fulfils a multitude of important roles in cerebral development and homeostasis. Brain lipid homeostasis involves the synthesis of a specific cerebral lipidome by local lipid metabolism...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851266/different-mixed-astrocyte-populations-derived-from-embryonic-stem-cells-have-variable-neuronal-growth-support-capacities
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Russell E Thompson, Allison Lake, Peter Kenny, Michael N Saunders, Kristina Sakers, Nisha R Iyer, Joseph D Dougherty, Shelly E Sakiyama-Elbert
Central nervous system injury often leads to functional impairment due, in part, to the formation of an inhibitory glial scar following injury that contributes to poor regeneration. Astrocytes are the major cellular components of the glial scar, which has led to the belief that they are primarily inhibitory following injury. Recent work has challenged this by demonstrating that some astrocytes are required for spinal cord regeneration and astrocytic roles in recovery depend on their phenotype. In this work, two mixed populations containing primarily either fibrous or protoplasmic astrocytes were derived from mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs)...
November 15, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
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