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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205497/critical-motor-involvement-in-prediction-of-human-and-non-biological-motion-trajectories
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Matthieu M de Wit, Laurel J Buxbaum
OBJECTIVES: Adaptive interaction with the environment requires the ability to predict both human and non-biological motion trajectories. Prior accounts of the neurocognitive basis for prediction of these two motion classes may generally be divided into those that posit that non-biological motion trajectories are predicted using the same motor planning and/or simulation mechanisms used for human actions, and those that posit distinct mechanisms for each. Using brain lesion patients and healthy controls, this study examined critical neural substrates and behavioral correlates of human and non-biological motion prediction...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202057/improvement-of-memory-and-learning-by-intracerebroventricular-microinjection-of-t3-in-rat-model-of-ischemic-brain-stroke-mediated-by-upregulation-of-bdnf-and-gdnf-in-ca1-hippocampal-region
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Tahmineh Mokhtari, Mohammad Akbari, Fatemeh Malek, Iraj Ragerdi Kashani, Tayebeh Rastegar, Farshid Noorbakhsh, Mahmoud Ghazi-Khansari, Fatemeh Attari, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke is a common leading cause of death and disability with lack of effective therapies. In this study, T3 was intra-ventricularly injected to evaluate gene expression and protein concentration of and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and Glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in hippocampal CA1 region in rat model of brain ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). METHODS: In this study, transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAo) was used as model of ischemic brain stroke...
February 15, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196453/near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-gait-disorders
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Vera Gramigna, Giovanni Pellegrino, Antonio Cerasa, Simone Cutini, Roberta Vasta, Giuseppe Olivadese, Iolanda Martino, Aldo Quattrone
Walking is a complex motor behavior with a special relevance in clinical neurology. Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, are characterized by gait disorders whose neurofunctional correlates are poorly investigated. Indeed, the analysis of real walking with the standard neuroimaging techniques poses strong challenges, and only a few studies on motor imagery or walking observation have been performed so far. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is becoming an important research tool to assess functional activity in neurological populations or for special tasks, such as walking, because it allows investigating brain hemodynamic activity in an ecological setting, without strong immobility constraints...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181668/nsi-189-a-small-molecule-with-neurogenic-properties-exerts-behavioral-and-neurostructural-benefits-in-stroke-rats
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Naoki Tajiri, David M Quach, Yuji Kaneko, Stephanie Wu, David Lee, Tina Lam, Ken L Hayama, Thomas G Hazel, Karl Johe, Michael C Wu, Cesar V Borlongan
Enhancing neurogenesis may be a powerful stroke therapy. Here, we tested in a rat model of ischemic stroke the beneficial effects of NSI-189, an orally active, new molecular entity (mol. wt. 366) with enhanced neurogenic activity, and indicated as an anti-depressant drug in a clinical trial (Fava et al., 2015) and being tested in a Phase 2 efficacy trial (ClinicalTrials.gov, 2016) for treatment of major depression. Oral administration of NSI-189 in adult Sprague-Dawley rats starting at 6 hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion, and daily thereafter over the next 12 weeks resulted in significant amelioration of stroke-induced motor and neurological deficits, which was maintained up to 24 weeks post-stroke...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168001/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-tao-ren-cheng-qi-tang-against-embolic-stroke-in-rats
#5
Ling-Wei Hsu, Wei-Cheng Shiao, Nen-Chung Chang, Meng-Che Yu, Ting-Lin Yen, Philip Aloysius Thomas, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
BACKGROUND: Combinations of the traditional Chinese and Western medicines have been used to treat numerous diseases throughout the world, and there is a growing body of evidence showing that some of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine elicit significant pharmacological effects. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the neuroprotective effects of Tao-Ren-Cheng-Qi Tang (TRCQT) in combination with aspirin following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)-induced embolic stroke in rats...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135902/mapping-common-aphasia-assessments-to-underlying-cognitive-processes-and-their-neural-substrates
#6
Elizabeth H Lacey, Laura M Skipper-Kallal, Shihui Xing, Mackenzie E Fama, Peter E Turkeltaub
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationships between clinical tests, the processes they measure, and the brain networks underlying them, is critical in order for clinicians to move beyond aphasia syndrome classification toward specification of individual language process impairments. OBJECTIVE: To understand the cognitive, language, and neuroanatomical factors underlying scores of commonly used aphasia tests. METHODS: Twenty-five behavioral tests were administered to a group of 38 chronic left hemisphere stroke survivors and a high-resolution magnetic resonance image was obtained...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133418/effects-of-neural-differentiation-maturity-status-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-prior-to-grafting-in-a-subcortical-ischemic-stroke-model
#7
Matthew B Jensen, Lindsey D Jager, Laura K Cohen, Susanna S Kwok, Jin M Kwon, Crystal A Hall, Cassandra Heilingoetter
Neural cell grafting is a promising therapy for stroke, but the optimal differentiation status of the cells prior to grafting is unclear. We grafted cells at different maturity stages (days 28, 42, or 56 of in vitro neural differentiation) into the brains of eight-week-old rats one week after subcortical ischemic stroke, and assessed motor and sensory behavioral recovery over one month. We did not find a difference between the grafted or control groups on behavioral recovery, or on brain tissue outcomes including infarct size, microgliosis, or astrocytosis...
December 2016: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123058/procalcitonin-and-midregional-proatrial-natriuretic-peptide-as-biomarkers-of-subclinical-cerebrovascular-damage-the-northern-manhattan-study
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Mira Katan, Yeseon Moon, Arnold von Eckardstein, Kathartina Spanaus, Janet DeRosa, Jose Gutierrez, Charles DeCarli, Clinton Wright, Ralph Sacco, Mitchell Elkind
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic infections and cardiac dysfunction are risk factors for stroke. We hypothesized that blood biomarkers of infection (procalcitonin) and cardiac dysfunction (midregional proatrial natriuretic peptide [MR-proANP]), previously associated with small vessel stroke and cardioembolic stroke are also associated with subclinical cerebrovascular damage, including silent brain infarcts and white matter hyperintensity volume. METHODS: The NOMAS (Northern Manhattan Study) was designed to assess risk factors for incident vascular disease in a multiethnic cohort...
January 25, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121021/interventions-for-dysarthria-due-to-stroke-and-other-adult-acquired-non-progressive-brain-injury
#9
REVIEW
Claire Mitchell, Audrey Bowen, Sarah Tyson, Zoe Butterfint, Paul Conroy
BACKGROUND: Dysarthria is an acquired speech disorder following neurological injury that reduces intelligibility of speech due to weak, imprecise, slow and/or unco-ordinated muscle control. The impact of dysarthria goes beyond communication and affects psychosocial functioning. This is an update of a review previously published in 2005. The scope has been broadened to include additional interventions, and the title amended accordingly. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of interventions to improve dysarthric speech following stroke and other non-progressive adult-acquired brain injury such as trauma, infection, tumour and surgery...
January 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115326/neuropsychology-and-rehabilitation-services-in-the-united-states-brief-report-from-a-survey-of-clinical-neuropsychologists
#10
Cady Block, Octavio A Santos, Yvonne Flores-Medina, Diego Fernando Rivera Camacho, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla
OBJECTIVE: To provide a brief presentation of preliminary data on rehabilitation services provided by clinical neuropsychologists within the United States. METHOD: This survey utilized data extracted from a larger international research study conducted in 39 countries including N = 173 professionals who reported to engage in neuropsychological rehabilitative services within the past year (63.6% female, 44.36 ± 11.83 years of age) took part in the study. RESULTS: Neuropsychologists providing rehabilitation services in the United States in the past year were more likely to provide individual versus group therapy, likely to employ technology (e...
January 22, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113345/optimized-motor-imagery-paradigm-based-on-imagining-chinese-characters-writing-movement
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Zhaoyang Qiu, Brendan Z Allison, Jing Jin, Yu Zhang, Xingyu Wang, Wei Li, Andrzej Cichocki
: Abstract-Background: Motor imagery (MI) is a mental representation of motor behavior. MI-based brain computer interfaces (BCIs) can provide communication for the physically impaired. The performance of MI based BCI mainly depends on the subject's ability to self-modulate EEG signals. Proper training can help naive subjects learn to modulate brain activity proficiently. However, training subjects typically involves abstract motor tasks and is time-consuming. METHODS: To improve the performance of naive subjects during motor imagery, a novel paradigm was presented that would guide naive subjects to modulate brain activity effectively...
January 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103599/evaluations-of-intravenous-administration-of-cd34-human-umbilical-cord-blood-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Makiko Ohshima, Akihiko Taguchi, Yoshiaki Sato, Yuko Ogawa, Satoshi Saito, Kenichi Yamahara, Masafumi Ihara, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Tomoaki Ikeda, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Masahiro Tsuji
Several cell therapies have been explored as novel therapeutic strategies for neonatal encephalopathy because the benefits of current treatments are limited. We previously reported that intravenous administration of human umbilical cord blood (hUCB) CD34+ cells (hematopoietic stem cells/endothelial progenitor cells) at 48 h after insult exerts therapeutic effects in neonatal mice with stroke, i.e., permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. Although neonatal stroke and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) are grouped under the term "neonatal encephalopathy," their pathogenesis differs...
January 20, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097491/small-interfering-rna-targeting-dickkopf-1-contributes-to-neuroprotection-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#13
Zhihua Li, Xi Chen, Xiaoyang Zhang, Xiuhua Ren, Xuemei Chen, Jing Cao, Weidong Zang, Xianzhi Liu, Fuyou Guo
Excessive Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1) plays a vital role in secondary brain injury following ischemic stroke and psychotic disease. However, it is unclear whether an increased expression of Dkk-1 occurred after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The present study examined the potential role of Dkk-1 after ICH. ICH was induced by a single injection of autologous blood into the basal ganglia of rats. Dkk-1 protein levels in brain tissue and serum were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay after ICH. Rats were treated with small interfering RNA targeting Dkk-1 (siDkk-1) or vehicle following ICH...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093317/stem-cell-therapies-in-preclinical-models-of-stroke-is-the-aged-brain-microenvironment-refractory-to-cell-therapy
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Raluca Elena Sandu, Adrian Balseanu, Catalin Bogdan, Mark Slevin, Eugen Petcu, Aurel Popa-Wagner
: Stroke is a devastating disease demanding vigorous search for new therapies. Initial enthusiasm to stimulate restorative processes in the ischemic brain by means of cell-based therapies has meanwhile converted into a more balanced view recognizingimpediments that may be related to unfavorable age-associated environments. Recent results using a variety of drug, cell therapy or combination thereof suggest that, (i) treatment with Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF) in aged rats has primarily a beneficial effect on functional outcome most likely via supportive cellular processes such as neurogenesis; (ii) the combination therapy, G-CSF with mesenchymal cells (G-CSF+BM-MSC or G-CSF+BM-MNC) did not further improve behavioral indices, neurogenesis or infarct volume as compared to G-CSF alone in aged animals; (iii) better results with regard to integration of transplanted cells in the aged rat environment have been obtained using iPS of human origin; (iv) mesenchymal cells may be used as drug carriers for the aged post-stroke brains...
January 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087806/splenectomy-does-not-improve-long-term-outcome-after-stroke
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Dannielle Zierath, Angela Shen, Astiana Stults, Theresa Olmstead, Kyra J Becker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Immune responses to brain antigens after stroke contribute to poor outcome. We hypothesized that splenectomy would lessen the development of such responses and improve outcome. METHODS: Male Lewis rats (275-350 g) underwent 2-hour middle cerebral artery occlusion immediately after splenectomy or sham splenectomy. Animals were survived to 4 weeks (672 hrs), and immune responses to myelin basic protein determined at euthanasia. Infarct volume was determined in a subset of animals euthanized at 72 hours...
February 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081026/the-effect-of-nebulized-glycopyrrolate-on-posterior-drooling-in-patients-with-brain-injury-two-cases-of-different-brain-lesions
#16
Zee-Ihn Lee, Kwang Jae Yu, Dae Hee Lee, Seong Kyung Hong, Seung Beom Woo, Jong Min Kim, Donghwi Park
Posterior drooling, which can lead to substantial respiratory morbidity, including unexplained lung diseases and recurrent pneumonia, is an important issue in the rehabilitation unit. There are various treatment options for posterior drooling, including pharmacologic therapy, oral motor or behavioral therapy, biofeedback, local glandular injection of botulinum toxin, irradiation, and surgery. Among them, nebulized glycopyrrolate has the following advantages: It is noninvasive and is relatively free of central adverse effects because it does not cross the blood-brain barrier unlike other anticholinergics...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077334/the-neuroprotective-compound-p7c3-a20-promotes-neurogenesis-and-improves-cognitive-function-after-ischemic-stroke
#17
Zachary B Loris, Andrew A Pieper, W Dalton Dietrich
Ischemic stroke is a devastating condition with few therapeutic interventions available. The neuroprotective compound P7C3-A20 inhibits mature neuronal cell death while also increasing the net magnitude of postnatal neurogenesis in models of neurodegeneration and acute injury. P7C3 compounds enhance flux of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) in mammalian cells, a proposed therapeutic approach to treating cerebral ischemia. The effectiveness of P7C3-A20 treatment on chronic histopathological and behavioral outcomes and neurogenesis after ischemic stroke has not previously been established...
January 8, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066141/dehydroevodiamine%C3%A2-hcl-enhances-cognitive-function-in-memory-impaired-rat-models
#18
Ki Young Shin, Ka Young Kim, Yoo-Hun Suh
Progressive memory impairment such as that associated with depression, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) can interfere with daily life. In particular, AD, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, prominently features a memory and learning impairment that is related to changes in acetylcholine and abnormal β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain. In the present study, we investigated the effects of dehydroevodiamine·HCl (DHED) on cognitive improvement and the related mechanism in memory-impaired rat models, namely, a scopolamine-induced amnesia model and a Aβ1-42-infused model...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063856/effectiveness-of-deferoxamine-on-ferric-chloride-induced-epilepsy-in-rats
#19
Xiang Zou, Shize Jiang, Zehan Wu, Yimin Shi, Shengyong Cai, Renqing Zhu, Liang Chen
Iron overload has been regarded as a common cause for refractory epilepsies in patients after hemorrhagic strokes. This study is to examine the potential epilepsy control effect of deferoxamine (DFO), an iron chelator, on a ferric chloride-induced epilepsy rat model. Twenty four rats were divided into 4 groups: group I is blank control group, group II is sham group with intracortical injection of saline, group III is epilepsy group with intracortical injection of iron and saline treatment, group IV is treatment group with intracortical injection of iron and DFO treatment...
January 4, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062255/differential-effects-of-bihemispheric-and-unihemispheric-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-young-and-elderly-adults-in-verbal-learning
#20
Valentina Fiori, Michael Nitsche, Luigi Iasevoli, Gabriella Cucuzza, Carlo Caltagirone, Paola Marangolo
For the past few years, the potential of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for the treatment of several pathologies has been investigated. In the language domain, several studies, in healthy and brain-damaged populations, have already shown that tDCS is effective in enhancing naming, repetition and semantic word generation. In those studies, different tDCS electrode configurations have been tested, however, a direct comparison between different montages in verbal learning has never been conducted...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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