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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29466910/the-role-of-ventral-tegmental-area-gaba-on-the-chronic-neuropathic-pain-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-rat
#1
Moon Yi Ko, Eun Young Jang, June Yeon Lee, Su Phil Kim, Sung Hun Whang, Bong Hyo Lee, Hee Young Kim, Char Ha Yang, Hee Jung Cho, Young Seob Gwak
Spinal cord injury (SCI) frequently results in chronic neuropathic pain (CNP). However, the understanding of brain neural circuits in CNP modulation is unclear. The present study examined the changes of ventral tegmental area (VTA) putative GABAergic and dopaminergic neuronal activity with CNP attenuation in rats. SCI was established by T10 clip compression injury (35 g, 1 min) in rats, and neuropathic pain behaviors, in vivo extracellular single cell recording of putative VTA GABA/dopamine neurons, extracellular GABA level, glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) and vesicular GABA transporters (VGAT) were measured in the VTA, respectively...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29464530/difference-in-regional-neural-fluctuations-and-functional-connectivity-in-crohn-s-disease-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
#2
Chunhui Bao, Peng Liu, Huirong Liu, Xiaoming Jin, Yin Shi, Luyi Wu, Xiaoqing Zeng, Jianye Zhang, Di Wang, Vince D Calhoun, Jie Tian, Huangan Wu
Patients with Crohn's disease (CD) are shown to have abnormal changes in brain structures. This study aimed to further investigate whether these patients have abnormal brain activities and network connectivity. Sixty patients with CD and 40 healthy controls (HCs) underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. Amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) and seed-based functional connectivity (FC) were used to assess differences in spontaneous regional brain activity and functional connectivity...
February 20, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454798/functional-bowel-disorders-gastroenterology-s-75-th-anniversary
#3
John W Wiley, Lin Chang
Articles appearing in Gastroenterology have played an integral role in the evolution of our understanding of Functional Bowel Disorders (FBD), including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), beginning with the prescient contributions of Almy and Tulin in 1947 and 1949 that highlighted the role of stress to enhance perception of abdominal pain and promote colon contractions. Subsequent publications have codified diagnostic criteria and stratified subpopulations of FBD (Manning and ROME I-IV), which resulted in improved symptom-based therapeutic interventions...
February 15, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446796/posttraumatic-headache
#4
Raquel Langdon, Sharief Taraman
After sustaining a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, headaches are one of the most common complaints. The pathophysiologic changes that occur in the setting of injury likely contribute to or cause posttraumatic headaches. Posttraumatic headaches often present as migraine or tension-type headaches. Unlike pain from other types of injuries, headaches following mild traumatic brain injury are more likely to persist. Preexisting conditions such as migraine and mood disorders may influence posttraumatic headache and complicate management...
February 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439328/impact-of-total-knee-arthroplasty-with-general-anesthesia-on-brain-networks-cognitive-efficiency-and-ventricular-volume-predict-functional-connectivity-decline-in-older-adults
#5
Haiqing Huang, Jared Tanner, Hari Parvataneni, Mark Rice, Ann Horgas, Mingzhou Ding, Catherine Price
 Using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI), we explored: 1) pre- to post-operative changes in functional connectivity in default mode, salience, and central executive networks after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with general anesthesia, and 2) the contribution of cognitive/brain reserve metrics these resting state functional declines. Individuals age 60 and older electing unilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA; n = 48) and non-surgery peers with osteoarthritis (n = 45) completed baseline cognitive testing and baseline and post-surgery (post-baseline, 48-h post-surgery) brain MRI...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438845/-brain-over-body-a-study-on-the-willful-regulation-of-autonomic-function-during-cold-exposure
#6
Otto Muzik, Kaice T Reilly, Vaibhav A Diwadkar
The defense of body temperature against environmental thermal challenges is a core objective of homeostatic regulation governed by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomous mechanisms of thermoregulation are only weakly affected by top-down modulation, allowing only transient tolerance for extreme cold. There is however, anecdotal evidence of a unique set of individuals known for extreme cold tolerance. Here we present a case study of a 57-year old Dutch national, Wim Hof, the so-called "Iceman", with the ability to withstand frequent prolonged periods of extreme cold exposure based on the practice of a self-developed technique involving a combination of forced breathing, cold exposure and meditation (collectively referred to as the Wim Hof Method, henceforth "WHM")...
February 10, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436061/anterior-insular-volume-decrease-is-associated-with-dysfunction-of-the-reward-system-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
#7
E Ikeda, T Li, H Kobinata, S Zhang, J Kurata
BACKGROUND: Chronification of pain is associated with both anatomical and functional alterations of the brain. Alteration in regional gray matter volume might potentially be associated with modified activity of specific brain networks. In this cross-sectional, observational study, we sought to identify brain regions with gray matter volume changes in patients with chronic pain and to reveal its significance by analysing alteration in functional connectivity from those regions. We further explored relevance of such alterations with psychometrics of chronic pain...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430855/dynorphinergic-system-alterations-in-the-corticostriatal-circuitry-of-neuropathic-mice-supports-its-role-in-the-negative-affective-component-of-pain
#8
Palmisano Martina, Caputi Francesca Felicia, Mercatelli Daniela, Romualdi Patrizia, Candeletti Sanzio
The dynorphinergic system is involved in pain transmission at spinal level, where dynorphin exerts antinociceptive or pronociceptive effects, based on its opioid or non-opioid actions. Surprisingly, little evidence is currently available concerning the supraspinal role of the dynorphinergic system in pain conditions. The present study aimed to investigate whether neuropathic pain is accompanied by prodynorphin (Pdyn) and κ-opioid receptor (Oprk1) gene expression alterations in selected mouse brain areas. To this end, mice were subjected to chronic constriction injury of the right sciatic nerve and neuropathic pain behavioral signs were ascertained after 14 days...
February 12, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425272/endometriosis-alters-brain-electro-physiology-gene-expression-and-increased-pain-sensitization-anxiety-and-depression-in-female-mice
#9
Tian Li, Ramanaiah Mamillapalli, Sheng Ding, Hao Chang, Zhong-Wu Liu, Xiao-Bing Gao, Hugh S Taylor
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disorder among reproductive-aged women associated with pelvic pain, anxiety, and depression. Pain is characterized by central sensitization, however it is not clear if endometriosis leads to increased pain perception or if women with the disease are more sensitive to pain, increasing the detection of endometriosis. Endometriosis was induced in mice and changes in behavior including pain perception, brain electrophysiology, and gene expression were characterized...
February 7, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423004/herpes-zoster-chronification-to-postherpetic-neuralgia-induces-brain-activity-and-grey-matter-volume-change
#10
Song Cao, Bangyong Qin, Yi Zhang, Jie Yuan, Bao Fu, Peng Xie, Ganjun Song, Ying Li, Tian Yu
OBJECTIVE: Herpes zoster (HZ) can develop into postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is a chronic neuropathic pain (NP). Whether the chronification from HZ to PHN induced brain functional or structural change is unknown and no study compared the changes of the same brains of patients who transited from HZ to PHN. We minimized individual differences and observed whether the chronification of HZ to PHN induces functional and pain duration dependent grey matter volume (GMV) change in HZ-PHN patients...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421434/differential-spinal-and-supraspinal-activation-of-glia-in-a-rat-model-of-morphine-tolerance
#11
Viljami Jokinen, Yulia Sidorova, Hanna Viisanen, Ilida Suleymanova, Henna Tiilikainen, Zhilin Li, Tuomas O Lilius, Kert Mätlik, Jenni E Anttila, Mikko Airavaara, Li Tian, Pekka V Rauhala, Eija A Kalso
Development of tolerance is a well known pharmacological characteristic of opioids and a major clinical problem. In addition to the known neuronal mechanisms of opioid tolerance, activation of glia has emerged as a potentially significant new mechanism. We studied activation of microglia and astrocytes in morphine tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia in rats using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and RNA sequencing in spinal- and supraspinal regions. Chronic morphine treatment that induced tolerance and hyperalgesia also increased immunoreactivity of spinal microglia in the dorsal and ventral horns...
February 6, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421433/the-neurotoxin-dsp-4-induces-hyperalgesia-in-rats-that-is-accompanied-by-spinal-oxidative-stress-and-cytokine-production
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Jillienne C Touchette, Joshua W Little, Gerald H Wilken, Daniela Salvemini, Heather Macarthur
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) a significant problem for many people, is not well-understood and difficult to manage. Dysfunction of the central noradrenergic system originating in the locus coeruleus (LC) may be a causative factor in the development of CNP. The LC is the major noradrenergic nucleus of the brain and plays a significant role in central modulation of nociceptive neurotransmission. Here, we examined CNS pathophysiological changes induced by intraperotineal administration of the neurotoxin DSP-4 (N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine hydrochloride)...
February 5, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421323/somatosensory-bold-fmri-reveals-close-link-between-salient-blood-pressure-changes-and-the-murine-neuromatrix
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Henning Matthias Reimann, Mihail Todiras, Russ Hodge, Till Huelnhagen, Jason Michael Millward, Robert Turner, Erdmann Seeliger, Michael Bader, Andreas Pohlmann, Thoralf Niendorf
The neuromatrix, or "pain matrix", is a network of cortical brain areas which is activated by noxious as well as salient somatosensory stimulation. This has been studied in mice and humans using blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI. Here we demonstrate that BOLD effects observed in the murine neuromatrix in response to salient somatosensory stimuli are prone to reflect mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) changes, rather than neural activity. We show that a standard electrostimulus typically used in murine somatosensory fMRI can induce substantial elevations in MABP...
February 5, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419708/intravenous-calcium-zinc-diethylene-triamine-penta-acetic-acid-in-patients-with-presumed-gadolinium-deposition-disease-a-preliminary-report-on-25-patients
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Richard C Semelka, Miguel Ramalho, Michael Jay, Lisa Hickey, Joseph Hickey
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to report the use of intravenous calcium (Ca)-/zinc (Zn)-diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid (DTPA) for the treatment of 25 symptomatic patients diagnosed with gadolinium deposition disease (GDD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Written informed consent was obtained. Twenty-five patients (18 women; mean age, 46.8 ± 15.3 years) with a diagnosis of GDD were included. All patients had received at least 1 administration of a gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agent...
February 6, 2018: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417694/inferring-distinct-mechanisms-in-the-absence-of-subjective-differences-placebo-and-centrally-acting-analgesic-underlie-unique-brain-adaptations
#15
Pascal Tétreault, Marwan N Baliki, Alexis T Baria, William R Bauer, Thomas J Schnitzer, A Vania Apkarian
Development and maintenance of chronic pain is associated with structural and functional brain reorganization. However, few studies have explored the impact of drug treatments on such changes. The extent to which long-term analgesia is related to brain adaptations and its effects on the reversibility of brain reorganization remain unclear. In a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, we contrasted pain relief (3-month treatment period), and anatomical (gray matter density [GMD], assessed by voxel-based morphometry) and functional connectivity (resting state fMRI nodal degree count [DC]) adaptations, in 39 knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients (22 females), randomized to duloxetine (DLX, 60 mg once daily) or placebo...
February 7, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407524/metabolic-inflammatory-vascular-comorbidity-in-psychiatric-disorders-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-seh-as-a-possible-new-target
#16
REVIEW
W Swardfager, M Hennebelle, D Yu, B D Hammock, A J Levitt, K Hashimoto, A Y Taha
The common and severe psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD), are associated with inflammation, oxidative stress and changes in peripheral and brain lipid metabolism. Those pathways are implicated in the premature development of vascular and metabolic comorbidities, which account for considerable morbidity and mortality, including increased dementia risk. During endoplasmic reticulum stress, the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) enzyme converts anti-inflammatory fatty acid epoxides generated by cytochrome p450 enzymes into their corresponding and generally less anti-inflammatory, or even pro-inflammatory, diols, slowing the resolution of inflammation...
February 2, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404714/migraine-and-the-hippocampus
#17
REVIEW
Hung-Yu Liu, Kun-Hsien Chou, Wei-Ta Chen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The hippocampus is involved in pain processing, pain-related attention and anxiety, and stress response. The present review compiles the present knowledge of hippocampal volume, activity, and connectivity regarding migraine. RECENT FINDINGS: For hippocampal volume, a longitudinal study discovered decreased volume in newly diagnosed migraine patients after 1 year. Two cross-sectional studies suggested an adaptive increase of volume at low headache frequency and a maladaptive decrease of volume at higher headache frequency...
February 5, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397449/the-timing-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-medically-refractory-trigeminal-neuralgia-the-evidence-from-diffusion-tractography-images
#18
Cheng-Chia Lee, Shin Tai Chong, Ching-Jen Chen, Sheng-Che Hung, Huai-Che Yang, Chung-Jung Lin, Chih-Chun Wu, Wen-Yuh Chung, Wan-Yuo Guo, David Hung-Chi Pan, Hsiu-Mei Wu, Jason P Sheehan, Ching-Po Lin
BACKGROUND: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a novel MRI technique that enables noninvasive evaluation of microstructural alterations in white matter of brain. Initially, DTI was used in intra- or inter-hemispheric association bundles. Recent technical advances are overcoming the challenges of imaging small white matter bundles, such as the cranial nerves. In this study, we use DTI to shed more light on the microstructure changes in long-standing trigeminal neuralgia. We also utilize DTI to study the effect of early stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) on the microstructures of the trigeminal nerve and to predict the effectiveness of early SRS in the treatment of medically refractory trigeminal neuralgia (TN)...
February 3, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397089/brain-functional-connectivity-network-studies-of-acupuncture-a-systematic-review-on-resting-state-fmri
#19
REVIEW
Rong-Lin Cai, Guo-Ming Shen, Hao Wang, Yuan-Yuan Guan
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a novel method for studying the changes of brain networks due to acupuncture treatment. In recent years, more and more studies have focused on the brain functional connectivity network of acupuncture stimulation. OBJECTIVE: To offer an overview of the different influences of acupuncture on the brain functional connectivity network from studies using resting-state fMRI. SEARCH STRATEGY: The authors performed a systematic search according to PRISMA guidelines...
January 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394508/activation-of-pial-and-dural-macrophages-and-dendritic-cells-by-csd-67-chrs
#20
Aaron J Schain, Agustin Melo-Carrillo, David Borsook, Jaime Grutzendler, Andrew M Strassman, Rami Burstein
OBJECTIVE: Cortical spreading depression (CSD) has long been implicated in migraine attacks with aura. The process by which CSD, a cortical event that occurs within the blood brain barrier (BBB), results in nociceptor activation outside the BBB is likely mediated by multiple molecules and cells. The objective of this study was to determine whether CSD activates immune cells inside the BBB (pia), outside the BBB (dura), or in both, and if so, when. METHODS: Investigating cellular events in the meninges shortly after CSD, we used in-vivo 2-photon imaging to identify changes in macrophages and dendritic cells (DC) that reside in the pia, arachnoid, and dura, and their anatomical relationship to TRPV1 axons...
February 2, 2018: Annals of Neurology
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