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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098709/multimodal-imaging-during-the-evolution-of-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-maculopathy
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Bikramjit P Pal, Tapani Palosaari, Tero Kivelä
PURPOSE: To highlight the course of blood-brain barrier disruption maculopathy in a patient with successfully managed relapsed central nervous system lymphoma. METHODS: Case report with fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography imaging, and literature review. RESULTS: A 57-year-old patient diagnosed with central nervous system large B-cell lymphoma had a normal ophthalmic evaluation on his first visit. Subsequently, when his malignancy recurred locally, he was started on blood-brain barrier disruption therapy and intraarterial methotrexate...
January 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098561/decoding-of-intended-saccade-direction-in-an-oculomotor-brain-computer-interface
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Nan Jia, Scott Brincat, Andrés Salazar-Gómez, Mikhail Panko, Frank Guenther, Earl Miller
OBJECTIVE: To date, invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) research has largely focused on replacing lost limb functions using signals from of hand/arm areas of motor cortex. However, the oculomotor system may be better suited to BCI applications involving rapid serial selection from spatial targets, such as choosing from a set of possible words displayed on a computer screen in an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application. Here we aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a BCI utilizing the oculomotor system...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098518/a-4-nitroquinoleneoxide-induced-pleurotus-eryngii-mutant-variety-increases-pin1-expression-in-rat-brain
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Yoonhwa Jeong, Mina Jung, Myeung Ju Kim, Cheol Ho Hwang
To develop Pleurotus eryngii varieties with improved medicinal qualities, protoplasts of P. eryngii were mutagenized using 4-nitroquinoleneoxide. The effects of the resulting variant mushrooms on a human cell were evaluated by applying their aqueous extracts to the human hepatoma cell line, HepG2, in vitro and examining any alteration in the proteomes of the treated HepG2. The P. eryngii mutant, NQ2A-12, was selected for its effects on increasing the expression level of Pin1 in HepG2. Pin1 is one of the peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerases known to play an important role in repressing Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098479/screening-of-visual-perceptual-disorders-following-acquired-brain-injury-a-delphi-study
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S M de Vries, J Heutink, B J M Melis-Dankers, A C L Vrijling, F W Cornelissen, O Tucha
Impairments in visual perception are common after acquired brain injury (ABI) and adequate assessment is crucial for diagnosis and rehabilitation. However, there is no consensus yet on how to assess these disorders after ABI. The aim of the present study was to explore what measures are considered reasonable to be part of a test battery for the screening of a broad range of mid-level and higher-order visual perceptual disorders. A Delphi method was used to collect the opinions of 28 international multidisciplinary experts in visual perception in order to achieve consensus on the content of the test battery...
January 18, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098452/a-perspective-on-crocus-sativus-l-saffron-constituent-corcin-a-potent-water-soluble-antioxidant-and-potential-therapy-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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John W Finley, Song Gao
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. Several factors are thought to play roles in the development and course of AD. Existing medical therapies only alleviate and delay cognitive symptoms. Current research has been focused on developing antibodies to remove the targets of β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau protein. This approach has achieved removal of A, however, no long term success to AD patients reported. The biological properties of saffron, the dry stigma of the plant Crocus sativus L...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098253/the-clinically-approved-antiviral-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-replication
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Carolina Q Sacramento, Gabrielle R de Melo, Caroline S de Freitas, Natasha Rocha, Lucas Villas Bôas Hoelz, Milene Miranda, Natalia Fintelman-Rodrigues, Andressa Marttorelli, André C Ferreira, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Juliana L Abrantes, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Mônica M Bastos, Eduardo de Mello Volotão, Estevão Portela Nunes, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Erick Correia Loiola, Pablo Trindade, Stevens K Rehen, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Nubia Boechat, Fabiano L Thompson, Ana M B de Filippis, Karin Brüning, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is most conserved among the members of the Flaviviridae family, the viral RNA polymerase. Indeed, we found that sofosbuvir inhibits ZIKV RNA polymerase, targeting conserved amino acid residues...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098234/maternal-cortisol-stimulates-neurogenesis-and-affects-larval-behaviour-in-zebrafish
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Carol Best, Deborah M Kurrasch, Mathilakath M Vijayan
Excess glucocorticoid transferred from stressed mother to the embryo affects developing vertebrate offspring, but the underlying programming events are unclear. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that increased zygotic glucocorticoid deposition, mimicking a maternal stress scenario, modifies early brain development and larval behaviour in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Cortisol was microinjected into the yolk at one cell-stage, to mimic maternal transfer, and the larvae [96 hours post-fertilization (hpf)] displayed increased activity in light and a reduction in thigmotaxis, a behavioural model for anxiety, suggesting an increased propensity for boldness...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098178/lithium-accumulates-in-neurogenic-brain-regions-as-revealed-by-high-resolution-ion-imaging
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Giulia Zanni, Wojciech Michno, Elena Di Martino, Anna Tjärnlund-Wolf, Jean Pettersson, Charlotte Elizabeth Mason, Gustaf Hellspong, Klas Blomgren, Jörg Hanrieder
Lithium (Li) is a potent mood stabilizer and displays neuroprotective and neurogenic properties. Despite extensive investigations, the mechanisms of action have not been fully elucidated, especially in the juvenile, developing brain. Here we characterized lithium distribution in the juvenile mouse brain during 28 days of continuous treatment that result in clinically relevant serum concentrations. By using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry- (ToF-SIMS) based imaging we were able to delineate temporospatial lithium profile throughout the brain and concurrent distribution of endogenous lipids with high chemical specificity and spatial resolution...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097935/finite-element-simulations-of-the-head-brain-responses-to-the-top-impacts-of-a-construction-helmet-effects-of-the-neck-and-body-mass
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John Z Wu, Christopher S Pan, Bryan M Wimer, Charles L Rosen
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common severely disabling injuries in the United States. Construction helmets are considered essential personal protective equipment for reducing traumatic brain injury risks at work sites. In this study, we proposed a practical finite element modeling approach that would be suitable for engineers to optimize construction helmet design. The finite element model includes all essential anatomical structures of a human head (i.e. skin, scalp, skull, cerebrospinal fluid, brain, medulla, spinal cord, cervical vertebrae, and discs) and all major engineering components of a construction helmet (i...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097868/development-of-phenothiazine-based-theranostic-compounds-that-act-both-as-inhibitors-of-%C3%AF-amyloid-aggregation-and-imaging-probes-for-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Pascal Dao, Feifei Ye, Yan Liu, Zhiyun Du, Kun Zhang, Chang-Zhi Dong, Bernard Meunier, Huixiong Chen
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is imperative in enabling the understanding and clinical treatment of this disorder, as well as in preventing its progression. Imaging agents specifically targeting Aβ plaques in the brain and the retina may lead to the early diagnosis of AD. Among them, near infrared fluorescent imaging has emerged as an attractive tool to noninvasively identify and monitor diseases during the preclinical and early stages. In the present study, we report the design, synthesis and evaluation of a series of new near-infrared fluorescent probes...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097866/pharmacokinetics-and-biodistribution-of-the-illegal-food-colorant-rhodamine-b-in-rats
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Yung-Yi Cheng, Tung-Hu Tsai
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) demonstrated rhodamine B as a potential carcinogen in 1978. Nevertheless, rhodamine B has been illegally used as a colorant in food in many countries. Few pharmacokinetic and toxicological investigations have been performed since the first pharmacokinetic study on rhodamine B in 1961. The aims of this study were to develop a simple and sensitive high performance liquid chromatography method with fluorescence detection for the quantitative detection of rhodamine B in the plasma and organs of rats and to estimate its pharmacokinetics and biodistribution...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097730/exposure-to-reactive-intermediate-inducing-drugs-during-pregnancy-and-the-incident-use-of-psychotropic-medications-among-children
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Yen-Hao Tran, Henk Groen, Jorieke E H Bergman, Eelko Hak, Bob Wilffert
PURPOSE: Our study aimed to investigate the association between prenatal exposure to reactive intermediate (RI)-inducing drugs and the initiation of psychotropic medications among children. METHODS: We designed a cohort study using a pharmacy prescription database. Pregnant women were considered exposed when they received a prescription of RI-inducing drugs. These drugs could be either used alone (RI+/FAA-) or combined with drugs exhibiting folic acid antagonism (FAA, RI+/FAA+)...
January 18, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097679/abnormal-levels-of-seven-amino-neurotransmitters-in-depression-rat-brain-and-determination-by-hplc-fld
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Ting Cui, Hong-Mei Qiu, Dan Huang, Qi-Xin Zhou, Xiao-Yan Fu, Hai-Yan Li, Xin-Hui Jiang
The determination of amino acids with the actions-like neurotransmitters or modulators have been increasingly important for diagnose in many neuropsychiatric diseases. A rapid and simple high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) was developed for simultaneous determination of seven amino acids: aspartate (Asp), glutamate (Glu), serine (Ser), glutamine (Gln), glycine (Gly), taurine (Tau) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Homoserine (Hse) was used as an internal standard (IS)...
January 18, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097074/resources-available-for-autism-research-in-the-big-data-era-a-systematic-review
#15
Reem Al-Jawahiri, Elizabeth Milne
Recently, there has been a move encouraged by many stakeholders towards generating big, open data in many areas of research. One area where big, open data is particularly valuable is in research relating to complex heterogeneous disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The inconsistencies of findings and the great heterogeneity of ASD necessitate the use of big and open data to tackle important challenges such as understanding and defining the heterogeneity and potential subtypes of ASD. To this end, a number of initiatives have been established that aim to develop big and/or open data resources for autism research...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097054/hydrogel-scaffolds-promote-neural-gene-expression-and-structural-reorganization-in-human-astrocyte-cultures
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V Bleu Knight, Elba E Serrano
Biomaterial scaffolds have the potential to enhance neuronal development and regeneration. Understanding the genetic responses of astrocytes and neurons to biomaterials could facilitate the development of synthetic environments that enable the specification of neural tissue organization with engineered scaffolds. In this study, we used high throughput transcriptomic and imaging methods to determine the impact of a hydrogel, PuraMatrix™, on human glial cells in vitro. Parallel studies were undertaken with cells grown in a monolayer environment on tissue culture polystyrene...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096685/the-role-of-microrna-21-in-predicting-brain-metastases-from-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Jing Dong, Zhi Zhang, Tao Gu, Shu-Feng Xu, Li-Xin Dong, Xin Li, Bao-Hong Fu, Zhan-Zhao Fu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at exploring the role of microRNA-21 (miR-21) in predicting brain metastases (BM) from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: A total of 132 NSCLC patients, including 68 patients with BM and 64 patients without BM, were included in the study. NSCLC cells were collected and assigned to the inhibitor (IN) group, the mock group, and the negative control (NC) group. The quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assay was used to detect the miR-21 expression...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096673/apathy-and-intrinsic-functional-connectivity-networks-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Soo Hyun Joo, Chang Uk Lee, Hyun Kook Lim
BACKGROUND: Although several prior works reported that apathy is associated with conversion to Alzheimer's disease in individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), effects of apathy on the functional connectivity (FC) of the brain remain unclear. In this study, we assessed the pattern of association between apathy and default mode network (DMN), salience network and central executive network (CEN) in aMCI subjects. METHODS: Fifty subjects with aMCI and 50 controls (CONs) participated in this study...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096493/combining-standard-clinical-blood-values-for-improving-survival-prediction-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-brain-metastases-development-and-validation-of-the-labbm-score
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Anna S Berghoff, Fabian Wolpert, Tim Holland-Letz, Romina Koller, Georg Widhalm, Brigitte Gatterbauer, Karin Dieckmann, Peter Birner, Rupert Bartsch, Christoph C Zielinski, Michael Weller, Matthias Preusser
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the potential of standard hematologic and serum biochemical parameters to provide an independent and substantial contribution to the prediction of survival in patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases (BM). METHODS: Hemoglobin, white blood cell count, platelet count, serum albumin, creatinine, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and C-reactive protein (CRP) were assessed at diagnosis of BM in a discovery cohort of 1200 cancer patients...
January 17, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096470/dampened-amphetamine-stimulated-behavior-and-altered-dopamine-transporter-function-in-the-absence-of-brain-gdnf
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Jaakko Kopra, Anne Panhelainen, Sara Af Bjerkén, Lauriina Porokuokka, Kärt Varendi, Soophie Olfat, Heidi Montonen, T Petteri Piepponen, Mart Saarma, Jaan-Olle Andressoo
: Midbrain dopamine neuron dysfunction contributes to various psychiatric and neurological diseases including drug addiction and Parkinson's disease. Because of its well-established dopaminotrophic effects, the therapeutic potential of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been extensively studied in various disorders with disturbed dopamine homeostasis. The outcomes from pre-clinical and clinical studies vary, however, highlighting a need for a better understanding of the physiological role of GDNF on striatal dopaminergic function...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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