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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156709/using-molecular-functional-networks-to-manifest-connections-between-obesity-and-obesity-related-diseases
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Jialiang Yang, Jing Qiu, Kejing Wang, Lijuan Zhu, Jingjing Fan, Deyin Zheng, Xiaodi Meng, Jiasheng Yang, Lihong Peng, Yu Fu, Dahan Zhang, Shouneng Peng, Haiyun Huang, Yi Zhang
Obesity is a primary risk factor for many diseases such as certain cancers. In this study, we have developed three algorithms including a random-walk based method OBNet, a shortest-path based method OBsp and a direct-overlap method OBoverlap, to reveal obesity-disease connections at protein-interaction subnetworks corresponding to thousands of biological functions and pathways. Through literature mining, we also curated an obesity-associated disease list, by which we compared the methods. As a result, OBNet outperforms other two methods...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156675/glioblastoma-and-glioblastoma-stem-cells-are-dependent-on-functional-mth1
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Linda Pudelko, Pegah Rouhi, Kumar Sanjiv, Helge Gad, Christina Kalderén, Andreas Höglund, Massimo Squatrito, Alberto J Schuhmacher, Steven Edwards, Daniel Hägerstrand, Ulrika Warpman Berglund, Thomas Helleday, Lars Bräutigam
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive form of brain cancer with poor prognosis. Cancer cells are characterized by a specific redox environment that adjusts metabolism to its specific needs and allows the tumor to grow and metastasize. As a consequence, cancer cells and especially GBM cells suffer from elevated oxidative pressure which requires antioxidant-defense and other sanitation enzymes to be upregulated. MTH1, which degrades oxidized nucleotides, is one of these defense enzymes and represents a promising cancer target...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156651/specific-effects-of-chronic-dietary-exposure-to-chlorpyrifos-on-brain-gene-expression-a-mouse-study
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Maria Michela Pallotta, Raffaele Ronca, Rosa Carotenuto, Immacolata Porreca, Mimmo Turano, Concetta Ambrosino, Teresa Capriglione
chlorpyrifos (CPF) is an organophosphate insecticide used to control pests on a variety of food and feed crops. In mammals, maternal exposure to CPF has been reported to induce cerebral cortex thinning, alteration of long-term brain cognitive function, and Parkinson-like symptoms, but the mechanisms of these processes are not fully understood. In this study, we aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the alterations induced in the brains of mice chronically exposed to CPF by dietary intake. For our purpose, we analysed F1 offspring (sacrificed at 3 and 8 months) of Mus musculus, treated in utero and postnatally with 3 different doses of CPF (0...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156634/an-overview-of-chitosan-nanoparticles-and-its-application-in-non-parenteral-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Munawar A Mohammed, Jaweria T M Syeda, Kishor M Wasan, Ellen K Wasan
The focus of this review is to provide an overview of the chitosan based nanoparticles for various non-parenteral applications and also to put a spotlight on current research including sustained release and mucoadhesive chitosan dosage forms. Chitosan is a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer regarded as safe for human dietary use and approved for wound dressing applications. Chitosan has been used as a carrier in polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery through various routes of administration. Chitosan has chemical functional groups that can be modified to achieve specific goals, making it a polymer with a tremendous range of potential applications...
November 20, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156608/fatty-acids-antioxidants-and-physical-activity-in-brain-aging
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REVIEW
Hércules Rezende Freitas, Gustavo da Costa Ferreira, Isis Hara Trevenzoli, Karen de Jesus Oliveira, Ricardo Augusto de Melo Reis
Polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants are important mediators in the central nervous system. Lipid derivatives may control the production of proinflammatory agents and regulate NF-κB activity, microglial activation, and fatty acid oxidation; on the other hand, antioxidants, such as glutathione and ascorbate, have been shown to signal through transmitter receptors and protect against acute and chronic oxidative stress, modulating the activity of different signaling pathways. Several authors have investigated the role of these nutrients in the brains of the young and the aged in degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and during brain aging due to adiposity- and physical inactivity-mediated metabolic disturbances, chronic inflammation, and oxidative stress...
November 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156571/studies-for-improving-a-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-icv-administration-of-well-characterized-%C3%AE-amyloid-1-42-oligomers-induce-dysfunction-in-spatial-memory
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Ágnes Kasza, Botond Penke, Zsuzsanna Frank, Zsolt Bozsó, Viktor Szegedi, Ákos Hunya, Klaudia Németh, Gábor Kozma, Lívia Fülöp
During the past 15 years, several genetically altered mouse models of human Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been developed. These costly models have greatly facilitated the evaluation of novel therapeutic approaches. Injecting synthetic β-amyloid (Aβ) 1-42 species into different parts of the brain of non-transgenic rodents frequently provided unreliable results, owing to a lack of a genuine characterization of the administered Aβ aggregates. Previously, we have published a new rat AD-model in which protofibrillar-fibrillar Aβ1-42 was administered into rat entorhinal cortex (Sipos 2007)...
November 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156226/frequency-of-brain-mri-abnormalities-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-at-presentation-a-cohort-of-latin-american-patients
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Edgar Carnero Contentti, Vanessa Daccach Marques, Ibis Soto de Castillo, Veronica Tkachuk, Amilton Antunes Barreira, Elizabeth Armas, Edson Chiganer, Camila de Aquino Cruz, José Luis Di Pace, Javier Pablo Hryb, Carolina Lavigne Moreira, Carmen Lessa, Omaira Molina, Monica Perassolo, Arnoldo Soto, Alejandro Caride
BACKGROUND: Brain magnetic resonance imaging (BMRI) lesions were classically not reported in neuromyelitis optica (NMO). However, BMRI lesions are not uncommon in NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients. OBJECTIVE: To report BMRI characteristic abnormalities (location and configuration) in NMOSD patients at presentation. METHODS: Medical records and BMRI characteristics of 79 patients with NMOSD (during the first documented attack) in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela were reviewed retrospectively...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156223/exploring-apoe-genotype-effects-on-ad-risk-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-burden-in-individuals-with-subjective-cognitive-decline-the-facehbi-study-baseline-results
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Sonia Moreno-Grau, O Rodríguez-Gomez, A Sanabria, A Perez-Cordon, D Sanchez-Ruiz, C Abdelnour, S Valero, I Hernandez, M Rosende-Roca, A Mauleon, L Vargas, A Lafuente, S Gil, M A Santos-Santos, M Alegret, A Espinosa, G Ortega, M Guitart, A Gailhajanet, I de Rojas, O Sotolongo-Grau, S Ruiz, N Aguilera, J Papasey, E Martin, E Peleja, F Lomeña, F Campos, A Vivas, M Gomez-Chiari, M A Tejero, J Giménez, M Serrano-Ríos, A Orellana, L Tarraga, A Ruiz, M Boada
INTRODUCTION: Subjective cognitive decline (SCD) has been proposed as a potential preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Nevertheless, the genetic and biomarker profiles of SCD individuals remain mostly unexplored. METHODS: We evaluated apolipoprotein E (APOE) Ɛ4's effect in the risk of presenting SCD, using the Fundacio ACE Healthy Brain Initiative (FACEHBI) SCD cohort and Spanish controls, and performed a meta-analysis addressing the same question. We assessed the relationship between APOE dosage and brain amyloid burden in the FACEHBI SCD and Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative cohorts...
November 17, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156222/cerebral-small-vessel-disease-in-middle-age-and-genetic-predisposition-to-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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James D Stefaniak, Li Su, Elijah Mak, Nasim Sheikh Bahaei, Katie Wells, Karen Ritchie, Adam Waldman, Craig W Ritchie, John T O'Brien
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) is associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) and might contribute to the relationship between apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOEε4) and LOAD, in older people. However, it is unclear whether CSVD begins in middle age in individuals genetically predisposed to LOAD. METHODS: We assessed the relationship between radiological markers of CSVD, white matter hyperintensities and microbleeds, and genetic predisposition to LOAD in a cross-sectional analysis of cognitively normal subjects aged 40-59 years recruited from the PREVENT Dementia study...
November 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155968/novel-spiroplasma-spp-cultured-from-brains-and-lymph-nodes-from-ruminants-affected-with-transmissible-spongiform-encephalopathy
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Frank O Bastian, James Lynch, Sue Hagius, Xiaochu Wu, Greg McCormick, Donald G Luther, Philip H Elzer
Spiroplasma spp., tiny filterable wall-less bacteria, are consistently associated with the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Spiral forms have been transiently isolated from TSE-affected brain tissues in SP4 growth media designed for isolation of Spiroplasma spp., but the isolate could not be propagated in SP4 media. A bacterium must grow in vitro in cell-free cultures to allow full characterization of a suspect pathogen. Here, a novel Spiroplasma sp. was isolated from scrapie- and chronic wasting disease (CWD)-affected brains and lymph nodes...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155947/dementia-after-moderate-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-coexistence-of-multiple-proteinopathies
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Kimbra Kenney, Diego Iacono, Brian L Edlow, Douglas I Katz, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Kristen Dams-O'Connor, Daniel H Daneshvar, Allison Stevens, Allison L Moreau, Lee S Tirrell, Ani Varjabedian, Anastasia Yendiki, Andre van der Kouwe, Azma Mareyam, Jennifer A McNab, Wayne A Gordon, Bruce Fischl, Ann C McKee, Daniel P Perl
We report the clinical, neuroimaging, and neuropathologic characteristics of 2 patients who developed early onset dementia after a moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Neuropathological evaluation revealed abundant β-amyloid neuritic and cored plaques, diffuse β-amyloid plaques, and frequent hyperphosphorylated-tau neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) involving much of the cortex, including insula and mammillary bodies in both cases. Case 1 additionally showed NFTs in both the superficial and deep cortical layers, occasional perivascular and depth-of-sulci NFTs, and parietal white matter rarefaction, which corresponded with decreased parietal fiber tracts observed on ex vivo MRI...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155799/risk-of-prevalent-and-incident-dementia-associated-with-insulin-like-growth-factor-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-3
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O P Almeida, G J Hankey, B B Yeap, S A Paul Chubb, J Gollege, L Flicker
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) influences cell proliferation and survival. In the extracellular environment, IGF-1 circulates bound to proteins (IGF-binding proteins; IGFBP), some of which have physiological effects that seem independent of IGF-1, including the brain (for example, IGFBP-3). We completed a systematic review of the association between dementia and IGF-1 and IGFBP-3, and a cross-sectional and longitudinal study designed to investigate if lower plasma concentration of these proteins increased the risk of prevalent and incident dementia...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155793/metabolic-support-of-excised-living-brain-tissues-during-magnetic-resonance-microscopy-acquisition
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Jeremy J Flint, Kannan Menon, Brian Hansen, John Forder, Stephen J Blackband
This protocol describes the procedures necessary to support normal metabolic functions of acute brain slice preparations during the collection of magnetic resonance (MR) microscopy data. While it is possible to perform MR collections on living, excised mammalian tissue, such experiments have traditionally been constrained by resolution limits and are thus incapable of visualizing tissue microstructure. Conversely, MR protocols that did achieve microscopic image resolution required the use of fixed samples to accommodate the need for static, unchanging conditions over lengthy scan times...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155766/assessment-of-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-by-intravenous-infusion-of-fitc-labeled-albumin-in-a-mouse-model-of-neurodegenerative-disease
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Alba Di Pardo, Salvatore Castaldo, Luca Capocci, Enrico Amico, Maglione Vittorio
Disruption of blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity is a common feature for different neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Although the interplay between perturbed BBB homeostasis and the pathogenesis of brain disorders needs further investigation, the development and validation of a reliable procedure to accurately detect BBB alterations may be crucial and represent a useful tool for potentially predicting disease progression and developing targeted therapeutic strategies. Here, we present an easy and efficient procedure for evaluating BBB leakage in a neurodegenerative condition like that occurring in a preclinical mouse model of Huntington disease, in which defects in the permeability of BBB are clearly detectable precociously in the disease...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155751/dissection-and-immunofluorescent-staining-of-mushroom-body-and-photoreceptor-neurons-in-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-brains
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Seth M Kelly, Alexandra Elchert, Michael Kahl
Nervous system development involves a sequential series of events that are coordinated by several signaling pathways and regulatory networks. Many of the proteins involved in these pathways are evolutionarily conserved between mammals and other eukaryotes, such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, suggesting that similar organizing principles exist during the development of these organisms. Importantly, Drosophila has been used extensively to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating processes that are required in mammals including neurogenesis, differentiation, axonal guidance, and synaptogenesis...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155708/enrichment-of-detergent-insoluble-protein-aggregates-from-human-postmortem-brain
#16
Ian Diner, Tram Nguyen, Nicholas T Seyfried
In this study, we describe an abbreviated single-step fractionation protocol for the enrichment of detergent-insoluble protein aggregates from human postmortem brain. The ionic detergent N-lauryl-sarcosine (sarkosyl) effectively solubilizes natively folded proteins in brain tissue allowing the enrichment of detergent-insoluble protein aggregates from a wide range of neurodegenerative proteinopathies, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and prion diseases...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155703/modeling-amyloid-%C3%AE-42-toxicity-and-neurodegeneration-in-adult-zebrafish-brain
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Prabesh Bhattarai, Alvin Kuriakose Thomas, Mehmet Ilyas Cosacak, Christos Papadimitriou, Violeta Mashkaryan, Yixin Zhang, Caghan Kizil
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease in which accumulation of toxic amyloid-β42 (Aβ42) peptides leads to synaptic degeneration, inflammation, neuronal death, and learning deficits. Humans cannot regenerate lost neurons in the case of AD in part due to impaired proliferative capacity of the neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) and reduced neurogenesis. Therefore, efficient regenerative therapies should also enhance the proliferation and neurogenic capacity of NSPCs. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a regenerative organism, and we can learn the basic molecular programs with which we could design therapeutic approaches to tackle AD...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155576/chronic-arsenic-exposure-increases-a%C3%AE-1-42-production-and-rage-expression-in-rat-brain
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Sandra Aurora Niño, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Adriana Castro-Zavala, Benita Ortega-Berlanga, Juan Manuel Delgado, Hector Hernandez-Mendoza, E Romero-Guzman, Judith Rios-Lugo, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, María Esther Jiménez-Capdeville, Sergio Zarazua
Chronic arsenic exposure during development is associated with alterations of chemical transmission and demyelination, which result in cognitive deficits and peripheral neuropathies. At cellular level, arsenic toxicity involves increased generation of reactive species that induce severe cellular alterations such as DNA fragmentation, apoptosis and lipid peroxidation. It has been proposed that arsenic-associated neurodegeneration could evolve to Alzheimer disease in later life.1,2 In this study, the effects of chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic (3 ppm by drinking water) in Wistar rats on the production and elimination of Amyloid-β (Aβ) were evaluated...
November 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155559/crafting-of-neuroprotective-octapeptide-from-taxol-binding-pocket-of-%C3%AE-tubulin
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Prasenjit Mondal, Gaurav Das, Juhee Khan, Krishnangsu Pradhan, Surajit Ghosh
Microtubules play crucial role in maintaining the shape and function of neurons. During progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), severe destabilization of microtubule occurs, which leads to the permanent disruption of signal transduction process and memory loss. Thus, microtubule stabilization is one of the key requirements for the treatment of AD. Taxol, a microtubule stabilizing anti-cancer drug has been considered as potential anti-AD drug but never tested in AD patients, likely because of its' toxic nature and poor brain exposure...
November 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155349/endogenous-sulfur-dioxide-regulates-hippocampal-neuron-apoptosis-in-developing-epileptic-rats-and-is-associated-with-the-perk-signaling-pathway
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Manman Niu, Ying Han, Qinrui Li, Jing Zhang
Epilepsy is among the most common neurological diseases in children. Recurrent seizures can result in hippocampal damage and seriously impair learning and memory functions in children. However, the mechanisms underlying epilepsy-related brain injury are unclear. Neuronal apoptosis is among the most common neuropathological manifestations of brain injury. Endogenous sulfur dioxide (SO2) has been shown to be involved in seizures and related neuron apoptosis. However, the role of endogenous SO2 in epilepsy remains unclear...
November 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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