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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351041/mechanisms-of-retinal-fluid-accumulation-and-blood-retinal-barrier-breakdown
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José Cunha-Vaz
Macular edema is the swelling of the central portion of the human retina and it is associated with increased retinal thickness. It can be simply defined as an excess of fluid within the retinal tissue. It must be realized that the normal retina possesses a functional extracellular space. With regard to the extracellular volume of the retina, there have been few physiologic studies, but there are reported values of 24.8% for the cerebrum and 23.6% for the cerebellum. It is accepted that the retinal extracellular space is similar to the brain...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346912/optimizing-the-dose-of-erythropoietin-required-to-prevent-acute-ventilation-induced-cerebral-white-matter-injury-in-preterm-lambs
#2
Kyra Y Y Chan, Domenic A LaRosa, Mary Tolcos, Anqi Li, Valerie A Zahra, Graeme R Polglase, Samantha K Barton
Erythropoietin (EPO) is being trialed in preterm neonates for neuroprotection. We have recently demonstrated that a single high bolus dose (5,000 IU/kg) of recombinant human EPO amplified preterm lung and brain ventilation-induced injury. We aimed to determine the optimal dose of EPO to reduce ventilation-induced cerebral white matter inflammation and injury in preterm lambs. Lambs (0.85 gestation) were ventilated with an injurious strategy for 15 min followed by conventional ventilation for 105 min. Lambs were randomized to no treatment (VENT; n = 8) or received a bolus dose of EPO (EPREX®): 300 IU/kg (EPO 300; n = 5), 1,000 IU/kg (EPO 1,000; n = 5), or 3,000 IU/kg (EPO 3,000; n = 5)...
March 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346535/caudwell-xtreme-everest-a-prospective-study-of-the-effects-of-environmental-hypoxia-on-cognitive-functioning
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Konstadina Griva, Jan Stygall, Mark H Wilson, Daniel Martin, Denny Levett, Kay Mitchell, Monty Mythen, Hugh E Montgomery, Mike P Grocott, Golnar Aref-Adib, Mark Edsell, Tracie Plant, Chris Imray, Debbie Cooke, Jane Harrington, Maryam Khosravi, Stanton P Newman
BACKGROUND: The neuropsychological consequences of exposure to environmental hypobaric hypoxia (EHH) remain unclear. We thus investigated them in a large group of healthy volunteers who trekked to Mount Everest base camp (5,300 m). METHODS: A neuropsychological (NP) test battery assessing memory, language, attention, and executive function was administered to 198 participants (age 44.5±13.7 years; 60% male). These were studied at baseline (sea level), 3,500 m (Namche Bazaar), 5,300 m (Everest Base Camp) and on return to 1,300 m (Kathmandu) (attrition rate 23...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346104/bioengineered-3d-glial-cell-culture-systems-and-applications-for-neurodegeneration-and-neuroinflammation
#4
P Marc D Watson, Edel Kavanagh, Gary Allenby, Matthew Vassey
Neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation are key features in a range of chronic central nervous system (CNS) diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as acute conditions like stroke and traumatic brain injury, for which there remains significant unmet clinical need. It is now well recognized that current cell culture methodologies are limited in their ability to recapitulate the cellular environment that is present in vivo, and there is a growing body of evidence to show that three-dimensional (3D) culture systems represent a more physiologically accurate model than traditional two-dimensional (2D) cultures...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345587/derivation-of-functional-human-astrocytes-from-cerebral-organoids
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Rômulo Sperduto Dezonne, Rafaela Costa Sartore, Juliana Minardi Nascimento, Verônica M Saia-Cereda, Luciana Ferreira Romão, Soniza Vieira Alves-Leon, Jorge Marcondes de Souza, Daniel Martins-de-Souza, Stevens Kastrup Rehen, Flávia Carvalho Alcantara Gomes
Astrocytes play a critical role in the development and homeostasis of the central nervous system (CNS). Astrocyte dysfunction results in several neurological and degenerative diseases. However, a major challenge to our understanding of astrocyte physiology and pathology is the restriction of studies to animal models, human post-mortem brain tissues, or samples obtained from invasive surgical procedures. Here, we report a protocol to generate human functional astrocytes from cerebral organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345479/imaging-the-physiological-evolution-of-the-ischemic-penumbra-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Richard Leigh, Linda Knutsson, Jinyuan Zhou, Peter Cm van Zijl
We review the hemodynamic, metabolic and cellular parameters affected during early ischemia and their changes as a function of approximate cerebral blood flow ( CBF) thresholds. These parameters underlie the current practical definition of an ischemic penumbra, namely metabolically affected but still viable brain tissue. Such tissue is at risk of infarction under continuing conditions of reduced CBF, but can be rescued through timely intervention. This definition will be useful in clinical diagnosis only if imaging techniques exist that can rapidly, and with sufficient accuracy, visualize the existence of a mismatch between such a metabolically affected area and regions that have suffered cell depolarization...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344819/olfaction-as-a-soldier-a-review-of-the-physiology-and-its-present-and-future-use-in-the-military
#7
REVIEW
Palaniappan Ganesh Nagappan, Somasundram Subramaniam, De-Yun Wang
Olfaction is one of our 5 main qualitative sensory abilities. In this review, we have examined the physiology of olfaction from the olfactory receptor to the brain. Through analyzing the physiology of olfaction, we have found that the biochemistry of olfactory nerve stimulation is unique from that of other similar pathways. Upon receiving large amounts of input from the olfactory nerve, the olfactory bulb, followed by several layers of centrifugal and centripetal processing in the brain, has to sort the information from the input as well as integrate it with other inputs from the brain to develop a coherent understanding of the input...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344570/tanycytes-as-regulators-of-seasonal-cycles-in-neuroendocrine-function
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REVIEW
Jo E Lewis, Francis J P Ebling
Annual cycles of physiology and behavior are highly prevalent in organisms inhabiting temperate and polar regions. Examples in mammals include changes in appetite and body fat composition, hibernation and torpor, growth of antlers, pelage and horns, and seasonal reproduction. The timing of these seasonal cycles reflects an interaction of changing environmental signals, such as daylength, and intrinsic rhythmic processes: circannual clocks. As neuroendocrine signals underlie these rhythmic processes, the focus of most mechanistic studies has been on neuronal systems in the hypothalamus...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344547/app-function-and-lipids-a-bidirectional-link
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REVIEW
Marcus O W Grimm, Janine Mett, Heike S Grimm, Tobias Hartmann
Extracellular neuritic plaques, composed of aggregated amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides, are one of the major histopathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a progressive, irreversible neurodegenerative disorder and the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. One of the most prominent risk factor for sporadic AD, carrying one or two aberrant copies of the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) ε4 alleles, closely links AD to lipids. Further, several lipid classes and fatty acids have been reported to be changed in the brain of AD-affected individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344055/role-of-skeletal-muscle-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-systemic-energy-homeostasis
#10
REVIEW
Hirotoshi Tanaka, Noriaki Shimizu, Noritada Yoshikawa
Glucocorticoids (GCs) affect nearly every organ and tissue in the body, regulating diverse physiologic processes including energy homeostasis. The metabolic mission of GCs is to supply enough glucose into the circulation to fuel the brain and ensure survival of the organism under conditions of acute stress or starvation. Recent studies have revealed that GCs, via orchestration between multiple organs, physiologically elicit fine tuning of systemic energy metabolism.
March 24, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343073/breviscapine-confers-a-neuroprotective-efficacy-against-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia-by-attenuating-neuronal-and-astrocytic-autophagy-in-the-penumbra
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Zhang Pengyue, Guo Tao, He Hongyun, Yang Liqiang, Deng Yihao
Breviscapine is a flavonoid derived from a traditional Chinese herb Erigerin breviscapus (Vant.) Hand-Mazz, and has been extensively used in clinical treatment for cerebral stroke in China, but the underlying pharmacological mechanisms are still unclear. In present study, we investigated whether breviscapine could confer a neuroprotection against cerebral ischemia injury by targeting autophagy mechanisms. A cerebral stroke model in Sprague-Dawley rats was prepared by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), rats were then randomly divided into 5 groups: MCAO+Bre group, rats were treated with breviscapine; MCAO+Tat-Beclin-1 group, animals were administrated with specific autophagy inducer Tat-Beclin-1; MCAO+Bre+Tat-Beclin-1 group, rats were treated with both breviscapine and Tat-Beclin-1, MCAO+saline group, rats received the same volume of physiological saline, and Sham surgery group...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342831/inference-of-direct-and-multistep-effective-connectivities-from-functional-connectivity-of-the-brain-and-of-relationships-to-cortical-geometry
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Grishma Mehta-Pandejee, P A Robinson, James A Henderson, K M Aquino, Somwrita Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The problem of inferring effective brain connectivity from functional connectivity is under active investigation, and connectivity via multistep paths is poorly understood. NEW METHOD: A method is presented to calculate the direct effective connection matrix (deCM), which embodies direct connection strengths between brain regions, from functional CMs (fCMs) by minimizing the difference between an experimental fCM and one calculated via neural field theory from an ansatz deCM based on an experimental anatomical CM...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342765/hippocampal-insulin-resistance-and-altered-food-decision-making-as-players-on-obesity-risk
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REVIEW
Amanda Brondani Mucellini, Natasha Kim de Oliveira da Fonseca, Gisele Gus Manfro, Patrícia Pelufo Silveira
There are increasing evidences that hippocampus can modulate the decision of what, when and how much to eat, in addition to its already recognized role in learning and memory processes. Insulin also has been linked to brain functions such as feeding behavior and the imbalance of its mechanism of action on hippocampus is being related to cognitive dysfunction. The discussion here is whether changes in insulin action could contribute to intake dysregulation and obesogenic behavior as a primary consequence of impairing hippocampal functioning, aside from the role of this hormone on obesity development through peripheral metabolic pathways...
March 22, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342407/music-and-natural-sounds-in-an-auditory-steady-state-response-based-brain-computer-interface-to-increase-user-acceptance
#14
Jeong Heo, Hyun Jae Baek, Seunghyeok Hong, Min Hye Chang, Jeong Su Lee, Kwang Suk Park
Patients with total locked-in syndrome are conscious; however, they cannot express themselves because most of their voluntary muscles are paralyzed, and many of these patients have lost their eyesight. To improve the quality of life of these patients, there is an increasing need for communication-supporting technologies that leverage the remaining senses of the patient along with physiological signals. The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is an electro-physiologic response to auditory stimulation that is amplitude-modulated by a specific frequency...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342212/high-speed-whole-brain-oximetry-by-golden-angle-radial-mri
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Wen Cao, Yulin V Chang, Erin K Englund, Hee Kwon Song, Suliman Barhoum, Zachary B Rodgers, Michael C Langham, Felix W Wehrli
PURPOSE: To determine whole-brain cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2 ), an improved imaging approach, based on radial encoding, termed radial OxFlow (rOxFlow), was developed to simultaneously quantify draining vein venous oxygen saturation (SvO2 ) and total cerebral blood flow (tCBF). METHODS: To evaluate the efficiency and precision of the rOxFlow sequence, 10 subjects were studied during a paradigm of repeated breath-holds with both rOxFlow and Cartesian OxFlow (cOxFlow) sequences...
March 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342045/effects-of-an-alveolar-recruitment-maneuver-on-subdural-pressure-brain-swelling-and-mean-arterial-pressure-in-patients-undergoing-supratentorial-tumour-resection-a-randomized-crossover-study
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Alana M Flexman, Peter A Gooderham, Donald E Griesdale, Ruth Argue, Brian Toyota
PURPOSE: Although recruitment maneuvers have been advocated as part of a lung protective ventilation strategy, their effects on cerebral physiology during elective neurosurgery are unknown. Our objectives were to determine the effects of an alveolar recruitment maneuver on subdural pressure (SDP), brain relaxation score (BRS), and cerebral perfusion pressure among patients undergoing supratentorial tumour resection. METHODS: In this prospective crossover study, patients scheduled for resection of a supratentorial brain tumour were randomized to undergo either a recruitment maneuver (30 cm of water for 30 sec) or a "sham" maneuver (5 cm of water for 30 sec), followed by the alternative intervention after a 90-sec equilibration period...
March 24, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341866/mapping-brain-structure-and-function-cellular-resolution-global-perspective
#17
REVIEW
Günther K H Zupanc
A comprehensive understanding of the brain requires analysis, although from a global perspective, with cellular, and even subcellular, resolution. An important step towards this goal involves the establishment of three-dimensional high-resolution brain maps, incorporating brain-wide information about the cells and their connections, as well as the chemical architecture. The progress made in such anatomical brain mapping in recent years has been paralleled by the development of physiological techniques that enable investigators to generate global neural activity maps, also with cellular resolution, while simultaneously recording the organism's behavioral activity...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341583/a-story-of-birth-and-death-insights-into-the-formation-and-dynamics-of-the-microglial-population
#18
REVIEW
Katharine Askew, Diego Gomez-Nicola
Microglia are the main resident immunocompetent cells of the brain with key roles in brain development, homeostasis and function. Here we briefly review our current knowledge of the homeostatic mechanisms regulating the composition and turnover of the microglial population under physiological conditions from development to ageing. A greater understanding of these mechanisms may inform understanding of how dysregulation of microglial dynamics could contribute to the pathogenesis and/or progression of neurological disorders...
March 21, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341235/physiological-markers-of-motor-inhibition-during-human-behavior
#19
REVIEW
Julie Duque, Ian Greenhouse, Ludovica Labruna, Richard B Ivry
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies in humans have shown that many behaviors engage processes that suppress excitability within the corticospinal tract. Inhibition of the motor output pathway has been extensively studied in the context of action stopping, where a planned movement needs to be abruptly aborted. Recent TMS work has also revealed markers of motor inhibition during the preparation of movement. Here, we review the evidence for motor inhibition during action stopping and action preparation, focusing on studies that have used TMS to monitor changes in the excitability of the corticospinal pathway...
March 21, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340601/rantes-levels-in-peripheral-blood-csf-and-contused-brain-tissue-as-a-marker-for-outcome-in-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-patients
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Venencia Albert, Arulselvi Subramanian, Deepak Agrawal, Sanjeev Kumar Bhoi, Pooja Pallavi, A K Mukhopadhayay
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes activation of several neurochemical and physiological cascades, leading to neurological impairment. We aimed to investigate the level of novel chemokine RANTES in plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and contused brain tissue in traumatic brain injury patients and to correlate the expression of this chemokine with the severity of head injury and neurological outcome. METHODS: This longitudinal case control study was performed on 70 TBI patients over a period of 30 months...
March 24, 2017: BMC Research Notes
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