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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
December 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080173/evaluation-of-long-term-cryostorage-of-brain-tissue-sections-for-quantitative-histochemistry
#2
Larissa I Estrada, Amy A Robinson, Ana C Amaral, Eustathia L Giannaris, Nadine C Heyworth, Farzad Mortazavi, Laura B Ngwenya, Debra E Roberts, Howard J Cabral, Ronald J Killiany, Douglas L Rosene
Storage of tissue sections for long periods allows multiple samples, acquired over months or years, to be processed together, in the same reagents, for quantitative histochemical studies. Protocols for freezer storage of free-floating frozen sections using sucrose with different additives have been reported and assert that storage has no effect on histochemistry, but no quantitative support has been provided. The present study analyzed the efficacy of long-term storage of brain tissue sections at -80C in buffered 15% glycerol...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079833/the-rare-ethambutol-induced-optic-neuropathy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#3
Wei Song, Shancheng Si
RATIONALE: Ethambutol-induced optic neuropathy (EON) is a well-known complication that results from the use of ethambutol. The ocular manifestations of EON include painless loss of central vision and cecocentral scotomas in the visual field. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 75-year-old Chinese Han man suffered from this rare ocular disorder because he took ethambutol for about 8 months. DIAGNOSES: He was diagnosed as EON based on series of ophthalmic examinations performed...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079000/application-of-monoterpenoids-and-their-derivatives-for-treatment-of-neurodegenerative-disorders
#4
Konstantin P Volcho, Sergey S Laev, Ghulam Md Ashraf, Gjumrakch Aliev, Nariman F Salakhutdinov
Neurodegenerative disorders (NDDs) like Alzheimer disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease are a heterogeneous group of disorders with the progressive and severe loss of neurons. There are no full proof cures for these diseases, and only medicines are available that can alleviate some of the symptoms. Developing effective treatments for the NDDs is a difficult but necessary task. Hence, the investigation of monoterpenoids which modulate targets applicable to many NDDs is highly relevant. Many monoterpenoids have demonstrated promising neuroprotective activity mediated by various systems...
January 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077306/the-interaction-of-dietary-isoflavones-and-estradiol-replacement-on-behavior-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-ovariectomized-rat
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Ashley L Russell, Jamie Moran Grimes, Darwin O Larco, Danette F Cruthirds, Joanna Westerfield, Lawren Wooten, Margaret Keil, Michael J Weiser, Michael R Landauer, Robert J Handa, T John Wu
Phytoestrogens are plant derived, non-steroidal compounds naturally found in rodent chows that potentially have endocrine-disrupting effects. Isoflavones, the most common phytoestrogens, have a similar structure and molecular weight to 17β-estradiol (E2) and have the ability to bind and activate both isoforms of the estrogen receptor (ER). Most isoflavones have a higher affinity for ERβ, which is involved in sexually dimorphic behavioral regulation. The goal of this study was to examine the interaction of isoflavones and E2 presence in the OVX rat on anxiety- and depressive- like behavior and the related BDNF pathophysiology...
January 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076782/gfr%C3%AE-1-regulates-purkinje-cell-migration-by-counteracting-ncam-function
#6
Maria Christina Sergaki, Carlos F Ibáñez
During embryonic development of the cerebellum, Purkinje cells (PCs) migrate away from the ventricular zone to form the PC plate. The mechanisms that regulate PC migration are incompletely understood. Here, we report that the neurotrophic receptor GFRα1 is transiently expressed in developing PCs and loss of GFRα1 delays PC migration. Neither GDNF nor RET, the canonical GFRα1 ligand and co-receptor, respectively, contribute to this process. Instead, we found that the neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM is co-expressed and directly interacts with GFRα1 in embryonic PCs...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074392/effect-of-cerebrolysin-on-gross-motor-function-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-clinical-trial
#7
Jafar Nasiri, Faezeh Safavifar
Gross motor dysfunction is considered as the most challenging problem in cerebral palsy (CP). It is proven that improvement of gross motor function could reduce CP-related disabilities and provide better quality of life in this group of patients. Therefore, the aim of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of cerebrolysin (CBL) on gross motor function of children with CP who are undergoing treatment. In this clinical trial study, paediatric patients aged 18-75 months with spastic diplegic or quadriplegic cerebral palsy, who were under rehabilitation therapy, were selected and randomly allocated in control and CBL groups...
January 10, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072837/locally-produced-bdnf-promotes-sclerotic-change-in-alveolar-bone-after-nerve-injury
#8
Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Yurie Yamada, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Kenji Seo
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is released due to nerve injury, is known to promote the natural healing of injured nerves. It is often observed that damage of mandibular canal induces local sclerotic changes in alveolar bone. We reported that peripheral nerve injury promotes the local production of BDNF; therefore, it was possible to hypothesize that peripheral nerve injury affects sclerotic changes in the alveolar bone. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of BDNF on osteogenesis using in vitro osteoblast-lineage cell culture and an in vivo rat osteotomy model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070911/effects-of-exercise-training-on-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-skeletal-muscle-and-heart-of-rats-post-myocardial-infarction
#9
Heow Won Lee, Monir Ahmad, Hong-Wei Wang, Frans H H Leenen
Exercise training post myocardial infarction (MI) attenuates progressive left ventricle (LV) remodeling and dysfunction, but the peripheral stimuli induced by exercise which trigger these beneficial effects are still unclear. We investigated as possible mediators fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5 (FNDC5) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the skeletal muscle and heart. Male Wistar rats underwent either sham surgery or ligation of left descending coronary artery, and surviving MI rats were allocated to either sedentary (Sed-MI) or exercise group (ExT-MI)...
January 9, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070746/boundary-cap-neural-crest-stem-cells-promote-survival-of-mutant-sod1-motor-neurons
#10
Tanya Aggarwal, Jan Hoeber, Patrik Ivert, Svitlana Vasylovska, Elena N Kozlova
ALS is a devastating disease resulting in degeneration of motor neurons (MNs) in the brain and spinal cord. The survival of MNs strongly depends on surrounding glial cells and neurotrophic support from muscles. We previously demonstrated that boundary cap neural crest stem cells (bNCSCs) can give rise to neurons and glial cells in vitro and in vivo and have multiple beneficial effects on co-cultured and co-implanted cells, including neural cells. In this paper, we investigate if bNCSCs may improve survival of MNs harboring a mutant form of human SOD1 (SOD1(G93A)) in vitro under normal conditions and oxidative stress and in vivo after implantation to the spinal cord...
January 9, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070123/a-meta-analysis-of-peripheral-blood-nerve-growth-factor-levels-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
#11
X-Y Qin, H-T Wu, C Cao, Y P Loh, Y Cheng
Neurotrophins particularly brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) are crucial modulators in the neurodevelopment and maintenance of central and peripheral nervous systems. Neurotrophin hypothesis of schizophrenia (SCZ) postulated that the changes in the brains of SCZ patients are the result of disturbances of developing processes involving neurotrophic factors. This hypothesis was mainly supported by the abnormal regulation of BDNF in SCZ, especially the decreased peripheral blood BDNF levels in SCZ patients validated by several meta-analyses...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070119/ocd-like-behavior-is-caused-by-dysfunction-of-thalamo-amygdala-circuits-and-upregulated-trkb-erk-mapk-signaling-as-a-result-of-spred2-deficiency
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M Ullrich, M Weber, A M Post, S Popp, J Grein, M Zechner, H Guerrero González, A Kreis, A G Schmitt, N Üçeyler, K-P Lesch, K Schuh
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common neuropsychiatric disease affecting about 2% of the general population. It is characterized by persistent intrusive thoughts and repetitive ritualized behaviors. While gene variations, malfunction of cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuits, and dysregulated synaptic transmission have been implicated in the pathogenesis of OCD, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here we show that OCD-like behavior in mice is caused by deficiency of SPRED2, a protein expressed in various brain regions and a potent inhibitor of Ras/ERK-MAPK signaling...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069924/soluble-cpg15-from-astrocytes-ameliorates-neurites-outgrowth-recovery-of-hippocampal-neurons-after-mouse-cerebral-ischemia
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Jing-Jing Zhao, Jie-Xian Hu, De-Xin Lu, Chun-Xia Ji, Yao Qi, Xiao-Yan Liu, Feng-Yan Sun, Fang Huang, Ping Xu, Xian-Hua Chen
The present study focuses on the function of cpg15, a neurotrophic factor, in ischemic neuronal recovery using transient global cerebral ischemic (TGI) mouse model and oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated primary cultured cells. The results showed that expression of cpg15 proteins in astrocytes, predominantly the soluble form, was significantly increased in mouse hippocampus after TGI and in the cultured astrocytes after OGD. Addition of the medium from the cpg15-overexpressed astrocytic culture into the OGD-treated hippocampal neuronal cultures reduces the neuronal injury, while the recovery of neurite outgrowths of OGD-injured neurons was prevented when cpg15 in the OGD-treated astrocytes was knocked down, or the OGD treated-astrocytic medium was immunoabsorbed by cpg15 antibody...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068788/a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-lactobacillus-helveticus-and-bifidobacterium-longum-for-the-symptoms-of-depression
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Amy R Romijn, Julia J Rucklidge, Roeline G Kuijer, Chris Frampton
OBJECTIVES: This trial investigated whether probiotics improved mood, stress and anxiety in a sample selected for low mood. We also tested whether the presence or severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, and levels of proinflammatory cytokines, brain-derived neurotrophic factor and other blood markers, would predict or impact treatment response. METHOD: Seventy-nine participants (10 dropouts) not currently taking psychotropic medications with at least moderate scores on self-report mood measures were randomly allocated to receive either a probiotic preparation (containing Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum) or a matched placebo, in a double-blind trial for 8 weeks...
January 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068360/exploring-serum-levels-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-nerve-growth-factor-across-glaucoma-stages
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Francesco Oddone, Gloria Roberti, Alessandra Micera, Anna Busanello, Stefano Bonini, Luciano Quaranta, Luca Agnifili, Gianluca Manni
PURPOSE: To investigate the serum levels of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in patients affected by primary open angle glaucoma with a wide spectrum of disease severity compared to healthy controls and to explore their relationship with morphological and functional glaucoma parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 45 patients affected by glaucoma at different stages and 15 age-matched healthy control subjects underwent visual field testing, peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer thickness measurement using Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography and blood collection for both neurotrophins detection by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067783/stem-cell-transplantation-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-current-options-and-opportunities
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Liangfu Jiang, Salazar Jones, Xiaofeng Jia
Peripheral nerve regeneration is a complicated process highlighted by Wallerian degeneration, axonal sprouting, and remyelination. Schwann cells play an integral role in multiple facets of nerve regeneration but obtaining Schwann cells for cell-based therapy is limited by the invasive nature of harvesting and donor site morbidity. Stem cell transplantation for peripheral nerve regeneration offers an alternative cell-based therapy with several regenerative benefits. Stem cells have the potential to differentiate into Schwann-like cells that recruit macrophages for removal of cellular debris...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067432/synthesis-and-neurotrophic-activity-studies-of-illicium-sesquiterpene-natural-product-analogs
#17
Johannes Richers, Alexander Pöthig, Eberhardt Herdtweck, Claudia Sippel, Felix Hausch, Konrad Tiefenbacher
Neurotrophic natural products hold potential as privileged structures for the development of therapeutic agents against neurodegeneration. However, only few studies have been conducted in order to investigate a common pharmacophoric motif and the structure-activity relationship. Here, an investigation of structurally more simple analogs of neurotrophic sesquiterpenes of the illicium family is presented. A concise synthetic route enables the preparation of the carbon framework of () Merrilactone A and () Anislactone A/B in gram-scale...
January 9, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067072/drug-target-identification-at-the-crossroad-of-neuronal-apoptosis-and-survival
#18
Barbara Maino, Simona Paparone, Cinzia Severini, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Velia D'Agata, Pietro Calissano, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Inappropriate activation of apoptosis may contribute to neurodegeneration, a multifaceted process that results in various chronic disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Several in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that neuronal apoptosis is a multi-pathway cell-death program that requires RNA synthesis. Thus, transcriptionally activated genes whose products induce cell death can be triggered by different stimuli and antagonized by neurotrophic factors. Systems biology is now unveiling the series of intracellular signaling pathways and key drug targets at the intersection of neuronal apoptosis and survival...
January 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065675/altered-expression-of-irs2-and-grb2-in-demyelination-of-peripheral-neurons-implications-in-diabetic-neuropathy
#19
Mallahalli S Manu, Kuruvanthe S Rachana, Gopal M Advirao
Demyelination of the peripheral nerves and dysfunction of Schwann cells (SCs) are the chronic complications involved in the development of peripheral neuropathy among diabetic patients. Insulin signaling plays an important role in restoring the myelin proteins in diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Since insulin levels are altered in diabetes, it becomes of great interest to appreciate the role and regulation of docking and adaptor protein, how these proteins respond to variations in the levels of insulin as experienced in juvenile diabetes...
December 29, 2016: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064059/par1-activation-affects-the-neurotrophic-properties-of-schwann-cells
#20
Elena Pompili, Cinzia Fabrizi, Francesca Somma, Virginia Correani, Bruno Maras, Maria Eugenia Schininà, Viviana Ciraci, Marco Artico, Francesco Fornai, Lorenzo Fumagalli
Protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR1) is the prototypic member of a family of four G-protein-coupled receptors that signal in response to extracellular proteases. In the peripheral nervous system, the expression and/or the role of PARs are still poorly investigated. High PAR1 mRNA expression was found in the rat dorsal root ganglia and the signal intensity of PAR1 mRNA increased in response to sciatic nerve transection. In the sciatic nerve, functional PAR1 receptor was reported at the level of non-compacted Schwann cell myelin microvilli of the nodes of Ranvier...
January 4, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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