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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719572/neuroimaging-correlates-of-post-stroke-aphasia-rehabilitation-in-a-pilot-randomized-trial-of-constraint-induced-aphasia-therapy
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Rodolphe Nenert, Jane B Allendorfer, Amber M Martin, Christi Banks, Angel Ball, Jennifer Vannest, Aimee R Dietz, Jerzy P Szaflarski
BACKGROUND Recovery from post-stroke aphasia is a long and complex process with an uncertain outcome. Various interventions have been proposed to augment the recovery, including constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT). CIAT has been applied to patients suffering from post-stroke aphasia in several unblinded studies to show mild-to-moderate linguistic gains. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the neuroimaging correlates of CIAT in patients with chronic aphasia related to left middle cerebral artery stroke...
July 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699721/comparison-of-pre-and-post-ischemic-treatment-of-telmisartan-and-nimodipine-combination-in-experimentally-induced-cerebral-ischemia
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Time dependent intervention plays a crucial role in preventing neurodegeneration after ischemic insult. The intensity of excitotoxicity is greater in the secondary reperfusion phase (2-4 h) compared to the primary occlusion phase (2 h), which could be attributed to secondary elevation of excitatory amino acids (EAA) in cerebral ischemia. In the present study, we tried to assess the neuroprotective effects of telmisartan and nimodipine (TM-NM) combination on the secondary reperfusion phase. The drug treatments were made immediately after reperfusion and their effects were compared with pre-treatment...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699511/striatal-enriched-tyrosine-protein-phosphatase-step-in-the-mechanisms-of-depressive-disorders
#3
Elizabeth Kulikova, Alexander Kulikov
Striatal-enriched tyrosine protein phosphatase (STEP) is expressed mainly in the brain. Its dysregulation is associated with Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases, schizophrenia, fragile X syndrome, drug abuse and stroke/ischemia. However, an association between STEP and depressive disorders is still obscure. The review discusses the theoretical foundations and experimental facts concerning possible relationship between STEP dysregulation and depression risk. STEP dephosphorylates and inactivates several key neuronal signaling proteins such as extracellular signal-regulating kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2), stress activated protein kinases p38, the Src family tyrosine kinases Fyn, Pyk2, NMDA and AMPA glutamate receptors...
July 10, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689673/the-anatomy-of-apathy-a-neurocognitive-framework-for-amotivated-behavior
#4
C Le Heron, M A J Apps, M Husain
Apathy is a debilitating syndrome associated with many neurological disorders, including several common neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, and focal lesion syndromes such as stroke. Here, we review neuroimaging studies to identify anatomical correlates of apathy, across brain disorders. Our analysis reveals that apathy is strongly associated with disruption particularly of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), ventral striatum (VS) and connected brain regions...
July 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685450/effects-of-motor-imagery-on-cognitive-function-and-prefrontal-cortex-activity-in-normal-adults-evaluated-by-nirs
#5
M Moriya, K Sakatani
Recent near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) studies demonstrated that physical exercise enhances working memory (WM) performance and prefrontal cortex (PFC) activity during WM tasks in normal adults. Interestingly, the effects of rehabilitation (i.e. physiotherapy) on post-stroke patients could be enhanced by motor imagery (MI), an active process during which the specified action is reproduced within WM without any actual physical movement. However, it is not known whether MI can enhance cognitive function and associated brain activity...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680300/repeated-oral-administration-of-human-serum-albumin-protects-from-the-cerebral-ischemia-in-rat-brain-following-mcao
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Hyejin Park, Minyoung Hong, Gil-Ja Jhon, Youngmi Lee, Minah Suh
Albumin is known to have neuroprotective effects. The protein has a long half-life circulation, and its effects can therefore persist for a long time to aid in the recovery of brain ischemia. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of human serum albumin (HSA) on brain hemodynamics. Albumin is administrated using repeated oral gavage to the rodents. Sprague-Dawley rats underwent middle cerebral artery occlusion procedures and served as a stroke model. Afterwards, 25% human serum albumin (1...
June 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676576/stimulating-multiple-demand-cortex-enhances-vocabulary-learning
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Magdalena W Sliwinska, Inês R Violante, Richard J S Wise, Robert Leech, Joseph T Devlin, Fatemeh Geranmayeh, Adam Hampshire
It is well established that networks within multiple-demand cortex (MDC) become active when diverse skills and behaviors are being learnt. However, their causal role in learning remains to be established. In the present study, we first performed functional magnetic resonance imaging on healthy female and male human participants to confirm that MDC was most active in the initial stages of learning a novel vocabulary, consisting of pronounceable nonwords (pseudowords), each associated with a picture of a real object...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674515/investigating-the-blood-oxygenation-level-dependent-functional-mri-response-to-a-verbal-fluency-task-in-early-stroke-before-and-after-hemodynamic-scaling
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Veena A Nair, Ryan V Raut, Vivek Prabhakaran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) has been extensively used as a marker of brain dysfunction and subsequent recovery following stroke. However, growing evidence suggests that straightforward interpretation of BOLD fMRI changes with aging and disease is challenging. In this study, we investigated the effect of calibrating task fMRI data by applying a hemodynamic calibration method using the resting-state fluctuation amplitude (RSFA)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645895/multiparity-improves-outcomes-after-cerebral-ischemia-in-female-mice-despite-features-of-increased-metabovascular-risk
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Rodney M Ritzel, Anita R Patel, Monica Spychala, Rajkumar Verma, Joshua Crapser, Edward C Koellhoffer, Anna Schrecengost, Evan R Jellison, Liang Zhu, Venugopal Reddy Venna, Louise D McCullough
Females show a varying degree of ischemic sensitivity throughout their lifespan, which is not fully explained by hormonal or genetic factors. Epidemiological data suggest that sex-specific life experiences such as pregnancy increase stroke risk. This work evaluated the role of parity on stroke outcome. Age-matched virgin (i.e., nulliparous) and multiparous mice were subjected to 60 min of reversible middle cerebral artery occlusion and evaluated for infarct volume, behavioral recovery, and inflammation. Using an established mating paradigm, fetal microchimeric cells present in maternal mice were also tracked after parturition and stroke...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632329/postictal-hypoperfusion-hypoxia-provides-the-foundation-for-a-unified-theory-of-seizure-induced-brain-abnormalities-and-behavioral-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Jordan S Farrell, Roberto Colangeli, Marshal D Wolff, Alexandra K Wall, Thomas J Phillips, Antis George, Paolo Federico, G Campbell Teskey
A recent article by Farrell et al. characterizes the phenomenon, mechanisms, and treatment of a local and severe hypoperfusion/hypoxia event that occurs in brain regions following a focal seizure. Given the well-established role of cerebral ischemia/hypoxia in brain damage and behavioral dysfunction in other clinical settings (e.g., stroke, cerebral vasospasm), we put forward a new theory: postictal hypoperfusion/hypoxia is responsible for the negative consequences associated with seizures. Fortunately, inhibition of two separate molecular targets, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and l-type calcium channels, can prevent the expression of postictal hypoperfusion/hypoxia...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620564/moyamoya-syndrome-in-a-child-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-magnetic-resonance-imaging-as-a-tool-for-clinical-decision-making
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Jonathan Mayl, Hanisha Patel, Tushar Chandra
Moyamoya syndrome is a rare cerebrovasculopathy of unknown etiology which is associated with multiple risk factors. Moyamoya was first discovered in Japan and is reported to have an increased prevalence in the Japanese population. The term "Moyamoya" translates into "puff of smoke" and is named after the finding of the collateral cerebral vasculature that develops secondary to occlusion of an internal carotid artery at the entrance into the circle of Willis. This collateral vasculature characterizes the disease...
May 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619309/scalp-acupuncture-attenuates-neurological-deficits-in-a-rat-model-of-hemorrhagic-stroke
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Hao Liu, Xiaowei Sun, Wei Zou, Mengtong Leng, Beng Zhang, Xiaoyu Kang, Tao He, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for approximately 15% of all stroke cases, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Limited human studies suggested that scalp acupuncture could facilitate functional recovery after cerebral hemorrhage. In the current study, we used an animal model of cerebral hemorrhage to examine the potential effects of scalp acupuncture. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats received autologous blood (50μL) into the right caudate nucleus on the right side under pentobarbital anesthesia, and then received scalp acupuncture (DU20 through GB7 on the lesion side) or sham acupuncture (1cm to the right side of the acupoints) (n=10 per group)...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604171/abnormal-eeg-responses-to-tms-during-the-cortical-silent-period-are-associated-with-hand-function-in-chronic-stroke
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Whitney A Gray, Jacqueline A Palmer, Steven L Wolf, Michael R Borich
BACKGROUND: Abnormal brain excitability influences recovery after stroke at which time a prolonged transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-induced electromyographic silent period is thought to reflect abnormal inhibitory interneuron excitability. Cortical excitability can be probed directly during the silent period using concurrent electroencephalography (EEG) of TMS-evoked responses. OBJECTIVE: The primary study objectives were to characterize TMS-evoked cortical potentials (TEPs) using EEG and to investigate associations with persistent hand and arm motor dysfunction in individuals with chronic stroke...
July 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596753/auditory-processing-after-early-left-hemisphere-injury-a-case-report
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Cristina Ferraz Borges Murphy, Georgios Stavrinos, Kling Chong, Tony Sirimanna, Doris-Eva Bamiou
Few studies have addressed the long-term outcomes of early brain injury, especially after hemorrhagic stroke. This is the first study to report a case of acquired auditory processing disorder in a 10-year-old child who had a severe left hemorrhagic cerebral infarction at 13 months of age, compromising nearly all of the left temporal lobe. This case, therefore, is an excellent and rare opportunity to investigate the presence of neural plasticity of central auditory system in a developing brain followed severe brain damage...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587928/beneficial-potential-of-intravenously-administered-il-6-in-improving-outcome-after-murine-experimental-stroke
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Mads Hjortdal Grønhøj, Bettina Hjelm Clausen, Christina Fenger, Kate Lykke Lambertsen, Bente Finsen
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine with neuroprotective properties. Still, the therapeutic potential of IL-6 after experimental stroke has not yet been investigated in a clinically relevant way. Here, we investigated the therapeutic use of intravenously administered IL-6 and the soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) alone or in combination, early after permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAo) in mice. IL-6 did not affect the infarct volume in C57BL/6 mice, at neither 24 nor 72 h after pMCAo but reduced the infarct volume in IL-6 knockout mice at 24 h after pMCAo...
June 3, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587545/skilled-reach-performance-correlates-with-corpus-callosum-structural-integrity-in-individuals-with-mild-motor-impairment-after-stroke-a-preliminary-investigation
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Jill Campbell Stewart, Michael O'Donnell, Kaci Handlery, Carolee J Winstein
BACKGROUND: Recovery of arm function after stroke is often incomplete. An improved understanding of brain structure-motor behavior relationships is needed for the development of novel and targeted rehabilitation interventions. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between skilled reach performance and the integrity of two putative white matter motor pathways, corticospinal tract and corpus callosum, after stroke. METHODS: Eleven individuals with chronic stroke (poststroke duration, mean 62...
July 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583576/administration-of-huperzine-a-exerts-antidepressant-like-activity-in-a-rat-model-of-post-stroke-depression
#17
Yuan Du, Haiyue Liang, Leiming Zhang, Fenghua Fu
Post-stroke depression (PSD) is the most common mood disorder following a stroke, and is also the main factor limiting recovery and rehabilitation in stroke patients. The present study was aimed to investigate whether Huperzine A (HupA) has antidepressant-like activity in a rat model of PSD, which was developed by middle cerebral artery occlusion followed by an 18-day chronic unpredictable mild stress in conjunction with isolation rearing. The sucrose preference and forced swim tests were used to assess depression-like behavior...
July 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572057/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-to-improve-naming-ability-in-post-stroke-aphasia-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Mohammed F ALHarbi, Susan Armijo-Olivo, Esther S Kim
PURPOSE: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive neuromodulation tool that can be used to influence cortical brain activity to induce measurable behavioral changes. Although there is growing evidence that tDCS combined with behavioural language therapy could boost language recovery in patients with post-stroke aphasia, there is great variability in patient characteristics, treatment protocols, and outcome measures in these studies that poses challenges for analyzing the evidence...
May 29, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565759/oral-administration-of-ampelopsin-protects-against-acute-brain-injury-in-rats-following-focal-cerebral-ischemia
#19
Xiao-Li Ye, Ling-Qun Lu, Wei Li, Qi Lou, Hong-Gang Guo, Qiao-Juan Shi
Ampelopsin (AMP) is isolated from the Chinese medicinal herb Ampelopsis grossedentata (Hand-Mazz) and has been associated with numerous biological and pharmacological activities. However, it is not clear whether AMP has a direct protective effect on cerebral ischemia reperfusion injury. Therefore, the present study investigated its role in acute brain injury following focal cerebral ischemia in rats. The current study induced transient focal cerebral ischemia by performing middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 60 min, followed by 24 h of reperfusion...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550098/contralesional-brain-computer-interface-control-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-motor-recovery-in-chronic-stroke-survivors
#20
David T Bundy, Lauren Souders, Kelly Baranyai, Laura Leonard, Gerwin Schalk, Robert Coker, Daniel W Moran, Thy Huskey, Eric C Leuthardt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are few effective therapies to achieve functional recovery from motor-related disabilities affecting the upper limb after stroke. This feasibility study tested whether a powered exoskeleton driven by a brain-computer interface (BCI), using neural activity from the unaffected cortical hemisphere, could affect motor recovery in chronic hemiparetic stroke survivors. This novel system was designed and configured for a home-based setting to test the feasibility of BCI-driven neurorehabilitation in outpatient environments...
July 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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