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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334330/the-presence-of-free-d-aspartate-in-marine-macroalgae-is-restricted-to-the-sargassaceae-family
#1
Takehiko Yokoyama, Masaharu Tokuda, Masafumi Amano, Koji Mikami
The presence of d-aspartate (d-Asp), a biologically rare amino acid, was evaluated in 38 species of marine macroalgae (seaweeds). Despite the ubiquitous presence of free l-Asp, free d-Asp was detected in only 5 species belonging to the Sargassaceae family of class Phaeophyceae (brown algae) but not in any species of the phyla Chlorophyta (green algae) and Rhodophyta (red algae). All other members of Phaeophyceae, including 3 species classified into the section Teretia of Sargassaceae did not contain d-Asp. These results indicate that the presence of free d-Asp in marine macroalgae is restricted only to the Sargassaceae family, excluding the species in the section Teretia...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329729/elevated-neuron-specific-enolase-and-s100-calcium-binding-protein-b-concentrations-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-patients-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#2
Baozhu Liu, Zuoshan Xie, Guanghui Liu, Yong Gu, Suyue Pan, Honghao Wang
BACKGROUND: Anti‑N‑methyl‑d‑aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is a relatively common autoimmune neurological disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B) are structural proteins of the central nervous system (CNS). In patients with CNS injury accompanied by nervous tissue and cellular damage, these structural proteins are released from cells; their extracellular concentrations, including those in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood, subsequently increase...
January 9, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327271/-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndromes-a-current-summary
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REVIEW
D De Simoni, R Höftberger
BACKGROUND: Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes (PNNS) are remote effects of a tumor and mediated by an altered immune reaction. In the last ten years, the spectrum of PNNS has changed profoundly with the discovery of a new category of neurological diseases that are associated with antibodies against surface or synaptic antigens. In contrast to classical PNNS, patients with surface receptor autoimmunity are often highly responsive to immunotherapy. OBJECTIVES: This article provides an update on the most relevant PNNS, focusing on specific syndromes associated with antibodies against classical onconeuronal antigens as well as surface and synaptic proteins...
January 11, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323417/loss-of-ethanol-inhibition-of-nmdar-mediated-currents-and-plasticity-of-cerebellar-synapses-in-mice-expressing-the-glun1-f639a-subunit
#4
Paula A Zamudio-Bulcock, Gregg E Homanics, John J Woodward
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are well known for their sensitivity to ethanol inhibition. However, the specific manner in which ethanol inhibits channel activity and how such inhibition affects neurotransmission, and ultimately behavior, remain unclear. Replacement of phenylalanine 639 with alanine (F639A) in the GluN1 subunit reduces ethanol inhibition of recombinant NMDA receptors. Mice expressing this subunit show reduced ethanol-induced anxiolysis, blunted locomotor stimulation following low dose ethanol administration and faster recovery of motor function after moderate doses of ethanol suggesting that cerebellar dysfunction may contribute to some of these behaviors...
January 11, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322377/s-ketamine-current-trends-in-emergency-and-intensive-care-medicine
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REVIEW
Helmut Trimmel, Raimund Helbok, Thomas Staudinger, Wolfgang Jaksch, Brigitte Messerer, Herbert Schöchl, Rudolf Likar
S(+)-ketamine, the pure dextrorotatory enantiomer of ketamine has been available for clinical use in analgesia and anesthesia for more than 25 years. The main effects are mediated by non-competitive inhibition of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor but S(+)-ketamine also interacts with opioid receptors, monoamine receptors, adenosine receptors and other purinergic receptors. Effects on α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors, metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluR) and L‑type calcium chanels have also been described...
January 10, 2018: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319606/disruption-of-nnos-nos1ap-protein-protein-interactions-suppresses-neuropathic-pain-in-mice
#6
Wan-Hung Lee, Li-Li Li, Aarti Chawla, Andy Hudmon, Yvonne Y Lai, Michael J Courtney, Andrea G Hohmann
Elevated N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activity is linked to central sensitization and chronic pain. However, NMDAR antagonists display limited therapeutic potential due to their adverse side effects. Novel approaches targeting the NR2B-PSD95-nNOS complex to disrupt signaling pathways downstream of NMDARs show efficacy in preclinical pain models. Here, we evaluated the involvement of interactions between neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and the nitric oxide synthase 1 adaptor protein (NOS1AP) in pronociceptive signaling and neuropathic pain...
January 9, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317596/rare-loss-of-function-mutations-in-n-methyl-d-aspartate-glutamate-receptors-and-their-contributions-to-schizophrenia-susceptibility
#7
Yanjie Yu, Yingni Lin, Yuto Takasaki, Chenyao Wang, Hiroki Kimura, Jingrui Xing, Kanako Ishizuka, Miho Toyama, Itaru Kushima, Daisuke Mori, Yuko Arioka, Yota Uno, Tomoko Shiino, Yukako Nakamura, Takashi Okada, Mako Morikawa, Masashi Ikeda, Nakao Iwata, Yuko Okahisa, Manabu Takaki, Shinji Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Someya, Jun Egawa, Masahide Usami, Masaki Kodaira, Akira Yoshimi, Tomoko Oya-Ito, Branko Aleksic, Kinji Ohno, Norio Ozaki
In schizophrenia (SCZ) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the dysregulation of glutamate transmission through N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) has been implicated as a potential etiological mechanism. Previous studies have accumulated evidence supporting NMDAR-encoding genes' role in etiology of SCZ and ASD. We performed a screening study for exonic regions of GRIN1, GRIN2A, GRIN2C, GRIN2D, GRIN3A, and GRIN3B, which encode NMDAR subunits, in 562 participates (370 SCZ and 192 ASD). Forty rare variants were identified including 38 missense, 1 frameshift mutation in GRIN2C and 1 splice site mutation in GRIN2D...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315659/the-role-of-glutamate-signaling-in-incentive-salience-second-by-second-glutamate-recordings-in-awake-sprague-dawley-rats
#8
Seth R Batten, Francois Pomerleau, Jorge Quintero, Greg A Gerhardt, Joshua S Beckmann
The attribution of incentive salience to reward-predictive stimuli has been shown to be associated with substance abuse-like behavior such as increased drug taking. Evidence suggests that glutamate neurotransmission and sequential N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) activation are involved in the attribution of incentive salience. Here we further explore the role of second-by-second glutamate neurotransmission in the attribution of incentive salience to reward-predictive stimuli by measuring sign-tracking behavior during a Pavlovian conditioned approach procedure using ceramic-based microelectrode arrays configured for sensitive measures of extracellular glutamate in awake behaving Sprague Dawley rats...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315460/serum-cystatin-c-and-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#9
Y Shu, Y Chang, H Wu, J Li, B Cao, X Sun, J Wang, L Peng, X Hu, X Yu, W Qiu
BACKGROUND: Cystatin C (CysC) is associated with many neurodegenerative disorders and autoimmune diseases, but its relationship with anti-N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is unknown. METHODS: Serum levels of CysC were determined in 66 patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis and 115 healthy controls. Of the 66 patients, 30 had a follow-up evaluation at 3 months after admission. Association of CysC with anti-NMDAR encephalitis and its clinical parameters were evaluated in the patients...
January 7, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313218/thallium-induced-toxicity-in-rat-brain-crude-synaptosomal-mitochondrial-fractions-is-sensitive-to-anti-excitatory-and-antioxidant-agents
#10
Marisol Maya-López, María Verónica Mireles-García, Monserrat Ramírez-Toledo, Ana Laura Colín-González, Sonia Galván-Arzate, Isaac Túnez, Abel Santamaría
The mechanisms by which the heavy metal thallium (Tl+) produces toxicity in the brain remain unclear. Herein, isolated synaptosomal/mitochondrial P2 crude fractions from adult rat brains were exposed to Tl+ (5-250 μM) for 30 min. Three toxic endpoints were evaluated: mitochondrial dysfunction, lipid peroxidation, and Na+/K+-ATPase activity inhibition. Concentration-response curves for two of these endpoints revealed the optimum concentration of Tl+ to induce damage in this preparation, 5 μM. Toxic markers were also estimated in preconditioned synaptosomes incubated in the presence of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist kynurenic acid (KYNA, 50 μM), the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN 55,212-2 (1 μM), or the antioxidant S-allyl-L-cysteine (SAC, 100 μM)...
January 8, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312777/anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-associated-with-mediastinal-teratoma-a-rare-case-report-and-literature-review
#11
Chuan Li, Chengwu Liu, Feng Lin, Lunxu Liu
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is a recently identified neuroautoimmune disorder characterized by antibodies against the heteromeric NR1-NR2 receptor complex. To our best knowledge, anti-NMDAR encephalitis combined with mediastinal teratoma is extremely rare with only three cases been reported in literature worldwide. In this article, we present an 18 years old female diagnosed as anti-NMDAR encephalitis caused by a large mature mediastinal teratoma whose initial manifestations were acute headache and seizures...
December 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310908/an-infant-born-to-a-mother-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#12
Nitish Chourasia, Michael W Watkins, Jeremy E Lankford, Joseph S Kass, Ankur Kamdar
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects women of childbearing age, and maternal-fetal transfer of anti-NMDAR antibodies during pregnancy has been documented in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. The effects of these antibodies on the fetus, however, are incompletely understood. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: This term infant exhibited depressed respiratory effort, poor feeding, and abnormal movements after birth...
November 22, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310866/initial-clinical-presentation-of-young-children-with-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#13
Marion Favier, Bastien Joubert, Géraldine Picard, Véronique Rogemond, Laure Thomas, Sylvain Rheims, Marion Bailhache, Frédéric Villega, Jean-Michel Pédespan, Giulia Berzero, Dimitri Psimaras, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Virginie Desestret, Jérôme Honnorat
Autoimmune encephalitis with anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor autoantibodies (NMDA-R-Abs) is a recently described disease affecting adult and pediatric patients. Symptoms of the disease are now perfectly described in the adult population but the clinical presentation is less known in young children. The aim of the present study was to describe the clinical presentation and the specificities of symptoms presented by young children with NMDA-R-Abs encephalitis to improve diagnosis of this disease, and to compare these to a series of previously published female adult patients...
December 28, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306850/allergy-in-patients-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#14
Xin-Yue Jiang, Le Zhang, Xian Jiang, Ammar Taha Abdullah Abdulaziz, Yun-Hui Wang, Jin-Mei Li, Dong Zhou
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Allergy is a potential outcome of dysregulated immune system. Previous studies have shown the association of allergy and autoimmune diseases, however, there is few study to investigate the relationship between allergy and anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis. Thus, we investigate the rate of allergy in patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis and analyze the risk factors. METHOD: The rate of allergy was investigated in patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis and was compared with patients with virus encephalitis...
January 4, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306404/cerebrospinal-fluid-pentraxin-3-and-cd40-ligand-in-anti-n-menthyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#15
Baozhu Liu, Peiying Ai, Dong Zheng, Ying Jiang, Xiaojia Liu, Suyue Pan, Honghao Wang
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system whose pathogenesis involves interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-17A. We examined the correlations between CSF concentrations of the acute-phase protein pentraxin 3 (PTX3), the chronic inflammatory mediator CD40L, IL-6, and IL-17A in anti-NMDAR encephalitis, and the impact on clinical outcome. PTX3, CD40L, IL-6, and IL-17A were significantly higher in the CSF of patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis than in controls...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305854/astrocytes-in-primary-cultures-express-serine-racemase-synthesize-d-serine-and-acquire-a1-reactive-astrocyte-features
#16
Suyan Li, Yota Uno, Uwe Rudolph, Johanna Cobb, Jing Liu, Thea Anderson, Deborah Levy, Darrick T Balu, Joseph T Coyle
D-Serine is a co-agonist at forebrain N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) and is synthesized by serine racemase (SR). Although D-serine and SR were originally reported to be localized to glia, recent studies have provided compelling evidence that under healthy physiologic conditions both are localized primarily in neurons. However, in pathologic conditions, reactive astrocytes can also express SR and synthesize D-serine. Since cultured astrocytes exhibit features of reactive astrocytes, we have characterized D-serine synthesis and the expression of enzymes involved in its disposition in primary glial cultures...
January 3, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304076/serine-racemase-deletion-attenuates-neurodegeneration-and-microvascular-damage-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#17
Hironori Ozaki, Ran Inoue, Takako Matsushima, Masakiyo Sasahara, Atsushi Hayashi, Hisashi Mori
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of blindness. DR is recognized as a microvascular disease and inner retinal neurodegeneration. In the course of retinal neurodegeneration, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-mediated excitotoxicity is involved. Full activation of NMDAR requires binding of agonist glutamate and coagonist glycine or D-serine. D-Serine is produced from L-serine by serine racemase (SRR) and contributes to retinal neurodegeneration in rodent models of DR. However, the involvement of SRR in both neurodegeneration and microvascular damage in DR remains unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303953/voltage-gated-potassium-channel-antibody-autoimmune-encephalopathy-presenting-with-isolated-psychosis-in-an-adolescent
#18
David A Kahn
Antibody-mediated encephalopathies associated with serum or cerebrospinal fluid antibodies directed against neuronal structures may present with a multitude of neuropsychiatric syndromes. Although some of the antibody-driven conditions are now well recognized in adults (eg, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibody encephalitis), the spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations in the pediatric population is less clear. Psychosis, confusion, catatonia, and additional behavioral changes, along with seizures, encephalopathy, and movement disorders, may be initial manifestations or concurrent features in all age groups...
November 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303952/voltage-gated-potassium-channel-antibody-autoimmune-encephalopathy-presenting-with-isolated-psychosis-in-an-adolescent
#19
Natalie C Pon, Kimberly M Houck, Eyal Muscal, Sindhu A Idicula
Antibody-mediated encephalopathies associated with serum or cerebrospinal fluid antibodies directed against neuronal structures may present with a multitude of neuropsychiatric syndromes. Although some of the antibody-driven conditions are now well recognized in adults (eg, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibody encephalitis), the spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations in the pediatric population is less clear. Psychosis, confusion, catatonia, and additional behavioral changes, along with seizures, encephalopathy, and movement disorders, may be initial manifestations or concurrent features in all age groups...
November 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286078/direct-binding-of-toll-like-receptor-4-to-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-n-methyl-d-aspartate-subunit-1-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-microglial-cells-n9-and-eoc-20
#20
Jie Cui, Siyuan Yu, Yihui Li, Pan Li, Feng Liu
Microglia, the primary immune cells in the brain, are the predominant cells regulating inflammation-mediated neuronal damage. In response to immunological challenges, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), microglia are activated and the inflammatory process is subsequently initiated. The aim of the present study was to determine whether LPS induces interactions between the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and the ionotropic glutamate receptor N-methyl-D‑aspartate subunit 1 (GluN1) in N9 and EOC 20 microglial cells...
December 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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