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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812048/sensorimotor-rhythm-neurofeedback-as-adjunct-therapy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Ingrid H C H M Philippens, Jacqueline A Wubben, Raymond A P Vanwersch, Dave L Estevao, Peter A Tass
Neurofeedback may enhance compensatory brain mechanisms. EEG-based sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback training was suggested to be beneficial in Parkinson's disease. In a placebo-controlled study in parkinsonian nonhuman primates we here show that sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback training reduces MPTP-induced parkinsonian symptoms and both ON and OFF scores during classical L-DOPA treatment. Our findings encourage further development of sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback training as adjunct therapy for Parkinson's disease which might help reduce L-DOPA-induced side effects...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807675/substantial-protection-against-mptp-associated-parkinson-s-neurotoxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-anti-cancer-agent-su4312-via-activation-of-mef2d-and-inhibition-of-mao-b
#2
Baojian Guo, Shengquan Hu, Chengyou Zheng, Hongyu Wang, Fangcheng Luo, Haitao Li, Wei Cui, Xifei Yang, Guozhen Cui, Shinghung Mak, Tony Chung-Lit Choi, Edmond Dik-Lung Ma, Yuqiang Wang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Zaijun Zhang, Yifan Han
We have previously demonstrated the unexpected neuroprotection of the anti-cancer agent SU4312 in cellular models associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the precise mechanisms underlying its neuroprotection are still unknown, and the effects of SU4312 on rodent models of PD have not been characterized. In the current study, we found that the protection of SU4312 against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells was achieved through the activation of transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D), as evidenced by the fact that SU4312 stimulated myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) transcriptional activity and prevented the inhibition of MEF2D protein expression caused by MPP(+), and that short hairpin RNA (ShRNA)-mediated knockdown of MEF2D significantly abolished the neuroprotection of SU4312...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807673/gpr55-a-therapeutic-target-for-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Marta Celorrio, Estefanía Rojo-Bustamante, Diana Fernández-Suárez, Elena Sáez, Ander Estella-Hermoso de Mendoza, Christa E Müller, María J Ramírez, Julen Oyarzábal, Rafael Franco, María S Aymerich
The GPR55 receptor is expressed abundantly in the brain, especially in the striatum, suggesting it might fulfill a role in motor function. Indeed, motor behavior is impaired in mice lacking GPR55, which also display dampened inflammatory responses. Abnormal-cannabidiol (Abn-CBD), a synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) isomer, is a GPR55 agonist that may serve as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. In this study, we explored whether modulating GPR55 could also represent a therapeutic approach for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806519/pluronic-p85-f68-micelles-of-baicalein-could-interfere-with-mitochondria-to-overcome-mrp2-mediated-efflux-and-offer-improved-anti-parkinsonian-activity
#4
Tongkai Chen, Ye Li, Chuwen Li, Xiang Yi, Ruibing Wang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Ying Zheng
Overexpression of the drug efflux transporter multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) in the gastrointestinal tract and blood-brain barrier compromises the oral delivery of drugs to the circulation system and brain in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). In this study, we aim to develop small-sized Pluronic P85/F68 micelles loaded with baicalein (B-MCs) to overcome MRP2-mediated efflux and to investigate related mechanism, as well as the anti-Parkinsonian efficacy. Spherical and sustained-release B-MCs have a mean particle size of 40...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805589/visual-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Richard A Armstrong
This chapter describes the visual problems likely to be encountered in Parkinson's disease (PD) and whether such signs are useful in differentiating the parkinsonian syndromes. Visual dysfunction in PD may involve visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, color discrimination, pupil reactivity, saccadic and pursuit eye movements, motion perception, visual fields, and visual processing speeds. In addition, disturbance of visuospatial orientation, facial recognition problems, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, and chronic visual hallucinations may be present...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805576/nonmotor-symptoms-in-essential-tremor-and-other-tremor-disorders
#6
Alessandro F Fois, Hugo M Briceño, Victor S C Fung
Tremor, like dystonia, is a term used at the phenomenological, syndromic, and aetiopathological level. Parkinsonian, essential, and dystonic tremor are the three most common tremor diagnoses encountered in clinical practice. Investigation of nonmotor symptoms in essential tremor and dystonic tremor syndromes is significantly hampered by the lack of clear clinical diagnostic criteria for these groups at a syndromic level, and the absence of biomarkers which allow definitive diagnosis at an aetiopathological level...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803956/selective-cholinergic-depletion-of-pedunculopontine-tegmental-nucleus-aggravates-freezing-of-gait-in-parkinsonian-rats
#7
Hu Xiao, Min Li, Junbin Cai, Nanxiang Li, Ming Zhou, Peng Wen, Zhengyuan Xie, Qiang Wang, Jingyu Chang, Wangming Zhang
Many patients of advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from intractable axial symptoms (severe gait and postural impairments), which were recently speculated to be more relevant to cholinergic degeneration in the brainstem than dopaminergic degeneration in the substantia nigra compacta (SNc). To investigate the role of the cholinergic cells of the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) on motor deficits, especially the axial motor impairments, we measured and analyzed the gait performance of sham lesion rats, SNc dopaminergic lesion rats, PPTg cholinergic lesion rats, and combined lesion rats by using the CatWalk system...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
#8
REVIEW
Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802932/anosmia-and-ageusia-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Arjun Tarakad, Joseph Jankovic
Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, is a common nonmotor feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Ageusia, the loss of sense of taste, is additionally an underappreciated nonmotor feature of PD. The olfactory tract is involved early in PD as indicated by frequent occurrence of hyposmia or anosmia years or decades before motor symptoms and by autopsy studies showing early synuclein pathology in the olfactory tract and anterior olfactory nucleus even in the early stages of PD. Testing for olfaction consists of evaluation of olfactory thresholds, smell identification and discrimination, and olfactory memory...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800639/mitochondrial-impairment-and-melatonin-protection-in-parkinsonian-mice-do-not-depend-of-inducible-or-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthases
#10
Ana López, Francisco Ortiz, Carolina Doerrier, Carmen Venegas, Marisol Fernández-Ortiz, Paula Aranda, María E Díaz-Casado, Beatriz Fernández-Gil, Eliana Barriocanal-Casado, Germaine Escames, Luis C López, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo
MPTP-mouse model constitutes a well-known model of neuroinflammation and mitochondrial failure occurring in Parkinson's disease (PD). Although it has been extensively reported that nitric oxide (NO●) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of PD, the relative roles of nitric oxide synthase isoforms iNOS and nNOS in the nigrostriatal pathway remains, however, unclear. Here, the participation of iNOS/nNOS isoforms in the mitochondrial dysfunction was analyzed in iNOS and nNOS deficient mice. Our results showed that MPTP increased iNOS activity in substantia nigra and striatum, whereas it sharply reduced complex I activity and mitochondrial bioenergetics in all strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794978/localization-of-beta-and-high-frequency-oscillations-within-the-subthalamic-nucleus-region
#11
B C M van Wijk, A Pogosyan, M I Hariz, H Akram, T Foltynie, P Limousin, A Horn, S Ewert, P Brown, V Litvak
Parkinsonian bradykinesia and rigidity are typically associated with excessive beta band oscillations in the subthalamic nucleus. Recently another spectral peak has been identified that might be implicated in the pathophysiology of the disease: high-frequency oscillations (HFO) within the 150-400 Hz range. Beta-HFO phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) has been found to correlate with severity of motor impairment. However, the neuronal origin of HFO and its usefulness as a potential target for deep brain stimulation remain to be established...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790972/investigation-of-anticipatory-postural-adjustments-during-one-leg-stance-using-inertial-sensors-evidence-from-subjects-with-parkinsonism
#12
Gianluca Bonora, Martina Mancini, Ilaria Carpinella, Lorenzo Chiari, Maurizio Ferrarin, John G Nutt, Fay B Horak
The One-Leg Stance (OLS) test is a widely adopted tool for the clinical assessment of balance in the elderly and in subjects with neurological disorders. It was previously showed that the ability to control anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) prior to lifting one leg is significantly impaired by idiopathic Parkinson's disease (iPD). However, it is not known how APAs are affected by other types of parkinsonism, such as frontal gait disorders (FGD). In this study, an instrumented OLS test based on wearable inertial sensors is proposed to investigate both the initial anticipatory phase and the subsequent unipedal balance...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782681/a-bayesian-spatial-model-for-neuroimaging-data-based-on-biologically-informed-basis-functions
#13
Ismael Huertas, Marianne Oldehinkel, Erik S B van Oort, David Garcia-Solis, Pablo Mir, Christian F Beckmann, Andre F Marquand
The dominant approach to neuroimaging data analysis employs the voxel as the unit of computation. While convenient, voxels lack biological meaning and their size is arbitrarily determined by the resolution of the image. Here, we propose a multivariate spatial model in which neuroimaging data is characterized as a linearly weighted combination of multiscale basis functions which map onto underlying brain nuclei or networks or nuclei. In this model, the elementary building blocks are derived to reflect the functional anatomy of the brain during the resting state...
August 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781200/outcome-of-gastrostomy-in-parkinsonism-a-retrospective-study
#14
Clémence Marois, Maria Del Mar Amador, Christine Payan, Lucette Lacomblez, Anne-Marie Bonnet, Bertrand Degos, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Marie Vidailhet, Nadine Le Forestier, Valérie Mesnage, David Grabli
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the indications and the outcomes of gastrostomy tube insertion in patients with parkinsonian syndromes. METHODS: Consecutive patients with Parkinson's disease or atypical parkinsonism, seen in two French tertiary referral movement disorders centers, that received gastrostomy tube insertion (GTI) for feeding between 2008 and 2014 were included in this retrospective study. Data regarding clinical status, indications and outcomes were retrieved from medical files...
June 23, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776303/premotor-diagnosis-of-parkinson-s-disease
#15
REVIEW
Heinz Reichmann
Typical Parkinsonian symptoms consist of bradykinesia plus rigidity and/or resting tremor. Some time later postural instability occurs. Pre-motor symptoms such as hyposmia, constipation, REM sleep behavior disorder and depression may antecede these motor symptoms for years. It would be ideal, if we had a biomarker which would allow to predict who with one or two of these pre-motor symptoms will develop the movement disorder Parkinson's disease (PD). Thus, it is interesting to learn that biopsies of the submandibular gland or colon biopsies may be a means to predict PD, if there is a high amout of abnormally folded alpha-synuclein and phosphorylated alpha-synuclein...
August 3, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770096/italian-validation-of-the-belastungsfragebogen-parkinson-kurzversion-bela-p-k-a-disease-specific-questionnaire-for-evaluation-of-the-subjective-perception-of-quality-of-life-in-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Paola Ortelli, Roberto Maestri, Marianna Zarucchi, Veronica Cian, Elisa Urso, Francesca Giacomello, Davide Ferrazzoli, Giuseppe Frazzitta
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QoL) is the sense of well-being perceived by people. The improvement of parkinsonian patient's QoL is a crucial goal for clinicians involved in rehabilitative care. In order to provide an appropriate endpoint for the assessment of the effectiveness of rehabilitation treatments on QoL of patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD), in this study we have first translated and then validated the Belastungsfragebogen Parkinson kurzversion (BELA-P-k). This tool allows evaluating separately two crucial aspects: i) the loss of personal autonomy in activities of daily life and ii) the psychological and psychosocial impact of the disease...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762086/regional-microstructural-damage-and-patterns-of-eye-movement-impairment-a-dti-and-video-oculography-study-in-neurodegenerative-parkinsonian-syndromes
#17
Martin Gorges, Melanie N Maier, Johannes Rosskopf, Olga Vintonyak, Elmar H Pinkhardt, Albert C Ludolph, Hans-Peter Müller, Jan Kassubek
Characteristic alterations of eye movement control are a common feature of neurodegenerative parkinsonism, including Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Regional microstructural alterations as assessed by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have been reported in PD, PSP, and MSA. Therefore, we investigated the specific association between eye movement disturbances and microstructural impairment in these diseases. Video-oculographic recordings of smooth pursuit and visually guided reactive saccades as well as fractional anisotropy (FA) maps computed from whole-brain DTI data were analyzed for 36 PD, 30 PSP, 18 MSA patients, and 23 matched healthy control subjects...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760440/the-effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-proteomic-changes-in-the-motor-cortex-of-6-ohda-parkinsonian-rats
#18
Min Li, Lijuan Li, Ke Wang, Wenting Su, Jun Jia, Xiaomin Wang
Electroacupuncture (EA) has been reported to alleviate motor deficits in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, and PD animal models. However, the mechanisms by which EA improves motor function have not been investigated. We have employed a 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) unilateral injection induced PD model to investigate whether EA alters protein expression in the motor cortex. We found that 4 weeks of EA treatment significantly improved spontaneous floor plane locomotion and rotarod performance. High-throughput proteomic analysis in the motor cortex was employed...
July 28, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757258/bdnf-over-expression-induces-striatal-serotonin-fiber-sprouting-and-increases-the-susceptibility-to-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia-in-6-ohda-lesioned-rats
#19
Elisabetta Tronci, Francesco Napolitano, Ana Muñoz, Camino Fidalgo, Francesca Rossi, Anders Björklund, Alessandro Usiello, Manolo Carta
In addition to its role in neuronal survival, the brain neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been shown to influence serotonin transmission and synaptic plasticity, events strongly implicated in the appearance of l-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID), a motor complication occurring in parkinsonian patients after long-term treatment with the dopamine precursor. In order to evaluate a possible influence of BDNF in the appearance of LID, 6-OHDA-lesioned rats received a striatal injection of different concentrations of an adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector over-expressing either BDNF or GFP, as control vector...
July 27, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756177/dementia-with-lewy-bodies-and-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-become-the-same-disease
#20
Joseph H Friedman
INTRODUCTION: The question whether DLB and PDD are distinct disorders has been debated in several forums. The two disorders, once parkinsonism is present in DLB, cannot be distinguished on clinical or pathological grounds. The conundrum exists for those DLB patients who do not yet have parkinsonism, and raises the parallel with patients who have Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder but have not yet manifested parkinsonian signs. METHODS: A literature review was summarized to justify classification as a single disorder...
July 18, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
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