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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641333/validation-of-brain-angiotensin-system-blockade-as-a-novel-drug-target-in-pharmacological-treatment-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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Dominik Wincewicz, Jan J Braszko
Retreat in psychiatric drug development results in innovative medication decline that might be at least partially overcome by adjunct therapy. New evidence from clinical studies has shown a possible role for brain Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) in both affective and psychotic disorders. Simultaneously, rapidly accumulating data from basic studies indicate effectiveness of central RAS blockade in much broader range of neuropsychiatric disease. Recent findings implicate brain RAS, especially Angiotensin II (Ang II), in neural pathophysiology of mental disorders through neuroendocrine modulation and effects on neurotransmitter release, mostly noradrenaline, acetylcholine and dopamine...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641136/age-exacerbates-abnormal-protein-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome
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Md Mahiuddin Ahmed, Aaron Block, Suhong Tong, Muriel T Davisson, Katheleen J Gardiner
The Ts65Dn is a popular mouse model of Down syndrome (DS). It displays DS-relevant features of learning/memory deficits and age-related loss of functional markers in basal forebrain cholinergic neurons. Here we describe protein expression abnormalities in brain regions of 12-month-old male Ts65Dn mice. We show that the magnitudes of abnormalities of human chromosome 21 and non-human chromosome 21 orthologous proteins are greater at 12 months than at ∼6 months. Age-related exacerbations involve the number of components affected in the mechanistic target of rapamycin pathway, the levels of components of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway, and proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease...
May 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641127/deep-brain-stimulation-of-subthalamic-nucleus-helps-in-improving-late-phase-motor-planning-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Patil Ashlesh, Sood Sanjay Kumar, Kochhar Kanwal Preet, Goyal Vinay
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus (DBS-STN) is a well-accepted treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) but its effect on motor planning in the disease is yet unclear. This study examines the effect of switching the stimulation ON and OFF on components of bereitschaftspotentials in PD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Scalp bereitschaftspotentials were recorded during self-paced right wrist extensions at Fz, Cz, Pz, C3 and C4 sites in patients on DBS-STN plus medications (DBS-STN group) as treatment modality or on medications only (Med group) and compared with age matched healthy controls...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641108/high-speed-and-scalable-whole-brain-imaging-in-rodents-and-primates
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Kaoru Seiriki, Atsushi Kasai, Takeshi Hashimoto, Wiebke Schulze, Misaki Niu, Shun Yamaguchi, Takanobu Nakazawa, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Shiori Uezono, Masahiko Takada, Yuichiro Naka, Hisato Igarashi, Masato Tanuma, James A Waschek, Yukio Ago, Kenji F Tanaka, Atsuko Hayata-Takano, Kazuki Nagayasu, Norihito Shintani, Ryota Hashimoto, Yasuto Kunii, Mizuki Hino, Junya Matsumoto, Hirooki Yabe, Takeharu Nagai, Katsumasa Fujita, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma, Akemichi Baba, Hitoshi Hashimoto
Subcellular resolution imaging of the whole brain and subsequent image analysis are prerequisites for understanding anatomical and functional brain networks. Here, we have developed a very high-speed serial-sectioning imaging system named FAST (block-face serial microscopy tomography), which acquires high-resolution images of a whole mouse brain in a speed range comparable to that of light-sheet fluorescence microscopy. FAST enables complete visualization of the brain at a resolution sufficient to resolve all cells and their subcellular structures...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641077/inhibition-of-early-growth-response-1-in-the-hippocampus-alleviates-neuropathology-and-improves-cognition-in-an-alzheimer-model-with-plaques-and-tangles
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Xike Qin, Yunling Wang, Hemant K Paudel
A sporadic form of Alzheimer disease (AD) and vascular dementia share many risk factors, and their pathogenic mechanisms are suggested to be related. Transcription factor early growth response 1 (Egr-1) regulates various vascular pathologies and is up-regulated in both AD brains and AD mouse models; however, its role in AD pathogenesis is unclear. Herein, we report that silencing of Egr-1 in the hippocampus by shRNA reduces tau phosphorylation, amyloid-β (Aβ) pathology, and improves cognition in the 3xTg-AD mouse model...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640803/brain-network-eigenmodes-provide-a-robust-and-compact-representation-of-the-structural-connectome-in-health-and-disease
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Maxwell B Wang, Julia P Owen, Pratik Mukherjee, Ashish Raj
Recent research has demonstrated the use of the structural connectome as a powerful tool to characterize the network architecture of the brain and potentially generate biomarkers for neurologic and psychiatric disorders. In particular, the anatomic embedding of the edges of the cerebral graph have been postulated to elucidate the relative importance of white matter tracts to the overall network connectivity, explaining the varying effects of localized white matter pathology on cognition and behavior. Here, we demonstrate the use of a linear diffusion model to quantify the impact of these perturbations on brain connectivity...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640802/peroxisomal-biogenesis-is-genetically-and-biochemically-linked-to-carbohydrate-metabolism-in-drosophila-and-mouse
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Michael F Wangler, Yu-Hsin Chao, Vafa Bayat, Nikolaos Giagtzoglou, Abhijit Babaji Shinde, Nagireddy Putluri, Cristian Coarfa, Taraka Donti, Brett H Graham, Joseph E Faust, James A McNew, Ann Moser, Marco Sardiello, Myriam Baes, Hugo J Bellen
Peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBD) are a group of multi-system human diseases due to mutations in the PEX genes that are responsible for peroxisome assembly and function. These disorders lead to global defects in peroxisomal function and result in severe brain, liver, bone and kidney disease. In order to study their pathogenesis we undertook a systematic genetic and biochemical study of Drosophila pex16 and pex2 mutants. These mutants are short-lived with defects in locomotion and activity. Moreover these mutants exhibit severe morphologic and functional peroxisomal defects...
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640714/an-unexplored-brain-gut-microbiota-axis-in-stroke
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Shu Wen Wen, Connie H Y Wong
Microbiota research, in particular that of the gut, has recently gained much attention in medical research owing to technological advances in metagenomics and metabolomics. Despite this, much of the research direction has focused on long-term or chronic effects of microbiota manipulation on health and disease. In this addendum, we reflect on our recent publication that reported findings addressing a rather unconventional hypothesis. Bacterial pneumonia is highly prevalent and is one of the leading contributors to stroke morbidity and mortality worldwide...
June 22, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#9
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640701/primary-cns-lymphoma
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Christian Grommes, Lisa M DeAngelis
Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare form of extranodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma that is typically confined to the brain, eyes, and cerebrospinal fluid without evidence of systemic spread. The prognosis of patients with PCNSL has improved during the last decades with the introduction of high-dose methotrexate. However, despite recent progress, results after treatment are durable in half of patients, and therapy can be associated with late neurotoxicity. PCNSL is an uncommon tumor, and only four randomized trials and one phase III trial have been completed so far, all in the first-line setting...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640699/brain-tumor-imaging
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Kevin M Brindle, José L Izquierdo-García, David Y Lewis, Richard J Mair, Alan J Wright
Modern imaging techniques, particularly functional imaging techniques that interrogate some specific aspect of underlying tumor biology, have enormous potential in neuro-oncology for disease detection, grading, and tumor delineation to guide biopsy and resection; monitoring treatment response; and targeting radiotherapy. This brief review considers the role of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography in these areas and discusses the factors that limit translation of new techniques to the clinic, in particular, the cost and difficulties associated with validation in multicenter clinical trials...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640697/current-clinical-challenges-in-childhood-ependymoma-a-focused-review
#12
Thomas E Merchant
Ependymoma is a locally aggressive tumor with metastatic potential that arises in diverse locations throughout the brain and spine in children. Tumor and treatment may result in significant morbidity. Cure remains elusive for many patients owing to diverse biology and resistance to conventional therapy. The implementation of systematic postoperative irradiation in clinical trials during the past 20 years has increased the proportion of patients achieving durable disease control with excellent results, as measured by objective functional outcome measures...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640696/insights-from-molecular-profiling-of-adult-glioma
#13
Phedias Diamandis, Kenneth D Aldape
The comprehensive molecular profiling of cancer has resulted in new insights into the biology and classification of numerous tumor types. In the case of primary brain tumors that commonly affect adults, an emerging set of disease-defining biomarker sets is reshaping existing diagnostic entities that had previously been defined on the basis of their microscopic appearance. Substantial progress has been made in this regard for common primary brain tumors in adults, especially diffuse gliomas, where large-scale profiling efforts have led to the incorporation of highly prevalent molecular alterations that promote a biologically based classification as an adjunct to the traditional histopathologic approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640632/gut-microbiota-nitric-oxide-and-microglia-as-pre-requisites-for-neurodegenerative-disorders
#14
Joyce Ka Yu Tse
Regulating fluctuating endogenous nitric oxide (NO) levels is necessary for proper physiological functions. Aberrant NO pathways are implicated in a number of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Parkinson's Disease. The mechanism of NO in oxidative and nitrosative stress with pathological consequences involves reactions with reactive oxygen species (e.g. superoxide) to form the highly reactive peroxynitrite, hydrogen peroxide, hypochloride ions and hydroxyl radical. NO levels are typically regulated by endogenous nitric oxide synthases (NOS), and inflammatory iNOS is implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, in which elevated NO mediates axonal degeneration and activates cyclooxygenases to provoke neuroinflammation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640596/drug-target-kinetics-in-drug-discovery
#15
Peter J Tonge
The development of therapies for the treatment of neurological cancer faces a number of major challenges including the synthesis of small molecule agents that can penetrate the blood brain barrier (BBB). Given the likelihood that in many cases drug exposure will be lower in the CNS than in systemic circulation, it follows that strategies should be employed that can sustain target engagement at low drug concentration. Time dependent target occupancy is a function of both the drug and target concentration as well as the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters that describe the binding reaction coordinate, and sustained target occupancy can be achieved through structural modifications that increase target (re)binding and/or that decrease the rate of drug dissociation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640595/detection-and-characterization-of-small-molecule-interactions-with-fibrillar-protein-aggregates-using-microscale-thermophoresis
#16
Emily Fisher, Yanyan Zhao, Robert Richardson, Malgorzata Janik, Alexander K Buell, Franklin I Aigbirhio, Gergely Toth
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease share the pathological hallmark of fibrillar protein aggregates. The specific detection of these protein aggregates by positron emission tomography (PET) in the patient brain can yield valuable information for diagnosis and disease progression. However, the identification of novel small compounds that bind fibrillar protein aggregates has been a challenge. In this study, microscale thermophoresis (MST) was applied to assess the binding affinity of known small molecule ligands of α-synuclein fibrils, which were also tested in parallel in a Thioflavin T fluorescence competition assay for further validation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637276/repetitive-element-transcripts-are-elevated-in-the-brain-of-c9orf72-als-ftld-patients
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Mercedes Prudencio, Patrick K Gonzales, Casey N Cook, Tania F Gendron, Lillian M Daughrity, Yuping Song, Mark T W Ebbert, Marka van Blitterswijk, Yong-Jie Zhang, Karen Jansen-West, Matthew C Baker, Michael DeTure, Rosa Rademakers, Kevin B Boylan, Dennis W Dickson, Leonard Petrucelli, Christopher D Link
Significant transcriptome alterations are detected in the brain of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), including carriers of the C9orf72 repeat expansion and C9orf72-negative sporadic cases. Recently, the expression of repetitive element transcripts has been associated with toxicity and, while increased repetitive element expression has been observed in several neurodegenerative diseases, little is known about their contribution to ALS. To assess whether aberrant expression of repetitive element sequences are observed in ALS, we analyzed RNA sequencing data from C9orf72-positive and sporadic ALS cases, as well as healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637240/tfeb-activation-restores-migration-ability-to-tsc1-deficient-adult-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#18
Alessandro Magini, Alice Polchi, Danila Di Meo, Giuseppina Mariucci, Krizia Sagini, Federico De Marco, Tommaso Cassano, Stefano Giovagnoli, Diego Dolcetta, Carla Emiliani
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, resulting in the constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). mTOR inhibitors are now considered the treatment of choice for TSC disease. A major pathological feature of TSC is the development of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGAs) in the brain. Nowadays, it is thought that SEGAs could be a consequence of aberrant aggregation and migration of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs)...
June 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636962/reactive-astrocytes-production-function-and-therapeutic-potential
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Shane A Liddelow, Ben A Barres
Astrocytes constitute approximately 30% of the cells in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). They are integral to brain and spinal-cord physiology and perform many functions important for normal neuronal development, synapse formation, and proper propagation of action potentials. We still know very little, however, about how these functions change in response to immune attack, chronic neurodegenerative disease, or acute trauma. In this review, we summarize recent studies that demonstrate that different initiating CNS injuries can elicit at least two types of "reactive" astrocytes with strikingly different properties, one type being helpful and the other harmful...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636879/delineating-neuroinflammation-parasite-cns-invasion-and-blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-in-an-experimental-murine-model-of-human-african-trypanosomiasis
#20
Jean Rodgers, Barbara Bradley, Peter G E Kennedy
Although Trypanosoma brucei spp. was first detected by Aldo Castellani in CSF samples taken from sleeping sickness patients over a century ago there is still a great deal of debate surrounding the timing, route and effects of transmigration of the parasite from the blood to the CNS. In this investigation, we have applied contrast-enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the effects of trypanosome infection on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in the well-established GVR35 mouse model of sleeping sickness...
June 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
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