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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227432/colony-size-effect-on-neural-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-microprinted-on-stromal-cells
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Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana, Ramila Joshi, James Buchanan, Hossein Tavana
Controlling cellular microenvironment to induce neural differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) remains a major challenge. We address this need by introducing a micro-engineered co-culture system that resembles embryonic development in terms of direct intercellular interactions and induces neural differentiation of ESCs. A polymeric aqueous two-phase system (ATPS)-mediated robotic microprinting technology allows precise localization of mouse ESCs (mESCs) over a layer of supporting stromal cells. mESCs proliferate over a 2-week culture period into a single colony of defined size...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226879/toward-a-low-cost-gait-analysis-system-for-clinical-and-free-living-assessment
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Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Rosie Morris, Cassim Ladha, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Aodhan Hickey, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Michael Catt
Gait is an important clinical assessment tool since changes in gait may reflect changes in general health. Measurement of gait is a complex process which has been restricted to bespoke clinical facilities until recently. The use of inexpensive wearable technologies is an attractive alternative and offers the potential to assess gait in any environment. In this paper we present the development of a low cost analysis gait system built using entirely open source components. The system is used to capture spatio-temporal gait characteristics derived from an existing conceptual model, sensitive to ageing and neurodegenerative pathology (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226226/microglia-function-in-the-central-nervous-system-during-health-and-neurodegeneration
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Marco Colonna, Oleg Butovsky
Microglia are resident cells of the brain that regulate brain development, maintenance of neuronal networks, and injury repair. Microglia serve as brain macrophages but are distinct from other tissue macrophages owing to their unique homeostatic phenotype and tight regulation by the central nervous system (CNS) microenvironment. They are responsible for the elimination of microbes, dead cells, redundant synapses, protein aggregates, and other particulate and soluble antigens that may endanger the CNS. Furthermore, as the primary source of proinflammatory cytokines, microglia are pivotal mediators of neuroinflammation and can induce or modulate a broad spectrum of cellular responses...
February 9, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225235/-multiple-sclerosis-a-mitochondria-mediated-disease
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Kristin N Varhaug, Christian A Vedeler, Charalampos Tzoulis, Laurence A Bindoff
BACKGROUND Mitochondria play an important role in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease. Neurodegenerative changes occur early in the course of multiple sclerosis (MS). This article aims to present information on a possible association between mitochondrial dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.MATERIAL AND METHOD The article is based on original and review articles selected following a literature search in PubMed, restricted to articles written in English, and concluded in May 2016...
February 2017: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225193/human-neural-progenitor-transplantation-rescues-behavior-and-reduces-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-a-transgenic-model-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Natalie R S Goldberg, Samuel E Marsh, Joseph Ochaba, Brandon C Shelley, Hayk Davtyan, Leslie M Thompson, Joan S Steffan, Clive N Svendsen, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders sharing the common feature of misfolding and accumulation of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (α-syn) into insoluble aggregates. Within this diverse group, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is characterized by the aberrant accumulation of α-syn in cortical, hippocampal, and brainstem neurons, resulting in multiple cellular stressors that particularly impair dopamine and glutamate neurotransmission and related motor and cognitive function. Recent studies show that murine neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation can improve cognitive or motor function in transgenic models of Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, and DLB...
February 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225048/thiamine-deficiency-oxidative-metabolic-pathways-and-ethanol-induced-neurotoxicity-how-poor-nutrition-contributes-to-the-alcoholic-syndrome-as-marchiafava-bignami-disease
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L M P Fernandes, F R Bezerra, M C Monteiro, M L Silva, F R de Oliveira, R R Lima, E A Fontes-Júnior, C S F Maia
Ethanol is an important risk factor for the occurrence of several brain disorders that depend on the amount, period and frequency of its consumption. Chronic use of ethanol often leads to the development of neurodegenerative syndromes, which cause morphological and functional impairments such as foetal alcohol syndrome in newborns exposed to ethanol during pregnancy, Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and, more rarely, Marchiafava-Bignami disease (MBD). MBD is characterized by primary degeneration of the corpus callosum, without inflammation and is associated with oxidative stress and hypovitaminosis, as well as altered mental status, to mention dementia, seizures, depression and so on...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225006/altered-enhancer-transcription-underlies-huntington-s-disease-striatal-transcriptional-signature
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Stéphanie Le Gras, Céline Keime, Anne Anthony, Caroline Lotz, Lucie De Longprez, Emmanuel Brouillet, Jean-Christophe Cassel, Anne-Laurence Boutillier, Karine Merienne
Epigenetic and transcriptional alterations are both implicated in Huntington's disease (HD), a progressive neurodegenerative disease resulting in degeneration of striatal neurons in the brain. However, how impaired epigenetic regulation leads to transcriptional dysregulation in HD is unclear. Here, we investigated enhancer RNAs (eRNAs), a class of long non-coding RNAs transcribed from active enhancers. We found that eRNAs are expressed from many enhancers of mouse striatum and showed that a subset of those eRNAs are deregulated in HD vs control mouse striatum...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224671/outcomes-after-diagnosis-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-a-large-autopsy-series
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Erin L Abner, Richard J Kryscio, Frederick A Schmitt, David W Fardo, Daniela C Moga, Eseosa T Ighodaro, Gregory A Jicha, Lei Yu, Hiroko H Dodge, Chengjie Xiong, Randall L Woltjer, Julie A Schneider, Nigel J Cairns, David A Bennett, Peter T Nelson
OBJECTIVE: Determine clinical and neuropathological outcomes following a clinical diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). METHODS: Data were drawn from a large autopsy series (N=1,337) of individuals followed longitudinally from normal or MCI status to death, derived from four Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Centers in the United States. RESULTS: Mean follow-up was 7.9 years. Of the 874 individuals ever diagnosed with MCI, final clinical diagnoses were varied: 39...
February 22, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224476/protein-phosphatase-2a-a-double-faced-phosphatase-of-cellular-system-and-its-role-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Md Nematullah, M N Hoda, Farah Khan
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine phosphatase, is a vitally important phosphatase for the cellular system. Structurally, it is constituted of three different subunits, namely catalytic subunit (PP2Ac), structural scaffold subunit (PP2A-A), and regulatory subunit (PP2A-B). All subunits have various isoforms, and catalytic and scaffold subunits are ubiquitously expressed, whereas regulatory subunits are more specific to tissue and cell type. It is the numerous possibilities of PP2A holoenzyme assembly with varying isoform components that make it possess a dual nature of activator or the inhibitory character in different signaling pathways, namely neural developmental pathways, Akt/protein kinase B pathway, NF-kB pathway, MAPK pathway, apoptosis pathway, and cell cycle progression to name a few...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224343/amphotericin-b-increases-transglutaminase-2-expression-associated-with-upregulation-of-endocytotic-activity-in-mouse-microglial-cell-line-bv-2
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Kenji Kawabe, Katsura Takano, Mitsuaki Moriyama, Yoichi Nakamura
Amphotericin B (AmB), a polyene antibiotic, is reported to cause the microglial activation to induce nitric oxide (NO) production and proinflammatory cytokines expression, and change neurotrophic factors expression in cultured microglia (Motoyoshi et al. in Neurochem Int 52:1290-1296, 2008). On the other hand, tissue-type transglutaminase (TG2) is involved in connection to phagocytes with apoptotic cells. Engulfment of neurons by activated microglia is thought to cause neurodegenerative diseases but detail is unclear, and involvement of TG2 in phagocytosis has been reported in our previous study using lipopolysaccharide-stimulated BV-2 cells (Kawabe et al...
February 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224333/anti-neuroinflammatory-effects-of-grossamide-from-hemp-seed-via-suppression-of-tlr-4-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-bv2-microglia-cells
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Qian Luo, Xiaoli Yan, Larisa Bobrovskaya, Mei Ji, Huiqing Yuan, Hongxiang Lou, Peihong Fan
Grossamide, a representative lignanamide in hemp seed, has been reported to possess potential anti-inflammatory effects. However, the potential anti-neuroinflammatory effects and underlying mechanisms of action of grossamide are still unclear. Therefore, the present study investigated the possible effects and underlying mechanisms of grossamide against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory response in BV2 microglia cells. BV2 microglia cells were pre-treated with various concentrations of grossamide before being stimulated with LPS to induce inflammation...
February 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224124/the-mammalian-septin-interactome
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Katharina Neubauer, Barbara Zieger
Septins are GTP-binding and membrane-interacting proteins with a highly conserved domain structure involved in various cellular processes, including cytoskeleton organization, cytokinesis, and membrane dynamics. To date, 13 different septin genes have been identified in mammals (SEPT1 to SEPT12 and SEPT14), which can be classified into four distinct subgroups based on the sequence homology of their domain structure (SEPT2, SEPT3, SEPT6, and SEPT7 subgroup). The family members of these subgroups have a strong affinity for other septins and form apolar tri-, hexa-, or octameric complexes consisting of multiple septin polypeptides...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223982/mouse-model-of-neurological-complications-resulting-from-encephalitic-alphavirus-infection
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Shannon E Ronca, Jeanon Smith, Takaaki Koma, Magda M Miller, Nadezhda Yun, Kelly T Dineley, Slobodan Paessler
Long-term neurological complications, termed sequelae, can result from viral encephalitis, which are not well understood. In human survivors, alphavirus encephalitis can cause severe neurobehavioral changes, in the most extreme cases, a schizophrenic-like syndrome. In the present study, we aimed to adapt an animal model of alphavirus infection survival to study the development of these long-term neurological complications. Upon low-dose infection of wild-type C57B/6 mice, asymptomatic and symptomatic groups were established and compared to mock-infected mice to measure general health and baseline neurological function, including the acoustic startle response and prepulse inhibition paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223934/plasma-cystatin-c-and-high-density-lipoprotein-are-important-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-vascular-dementia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Rui Wang, Zhaoyu Chen, Yongmei Fu, Xiaobo Wei, Jinchi Liao, Xu Liu, Bingjun He, Yunqi Xu, Jing Zou, Xiaoyan Yang, Ruihui Weng, Sheng Tan, Christopher McElroy, Kunlin Jin, Qing Wang
: Objectives: Cystatin C (Cys C) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) play critical roles in neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). However, whether they can be used as reliable biomarkers to distinguish patients with dementia from healthy subjects and to determine disease severity remain largely unknown. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study to determine plasma Cys C and HDL levels of 88 patients with dementia (43 AD patients, 45 VaD patients) and 45 healthy age-matched controls...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223918/rpph1-upregulates-cdc42-expression-and-promotes-hippocampal-neuron-dendritic-spine-formation-by-competing-with-mir-330-5p
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Yifei Cai, Ziling Sun, Huizhen Jia, Hongxue Luo, Xiaoyang Ye, Qi Wu, Yi Xiong, Wei Zhang, Jun Wan
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a heterogeneous neurodegenerative disease. Recent studies employing microRNA-seq and genome-wide sequencing have identified some non-coding RNAs that are influentially involved in AD pathogenesis. Non-coding RNAs can compete with other endogenous RNAs by microRNA response elements (MREs) and manipulate biological processes, such as tumorigenesis. However, only a few non-coding RNAs have been reported in the pathogenesis of AD. In this study, we constructed the first competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) network leveraging whole transcriptome sequencing and a previously studied microRNA-seq of APPswe/PS1ΔE9 transgenic mice...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223916/the-emerging-roles-of-early-protein-folding-events-in-the-secretory-pathway-in-the-development-of-neurodegenerative-maladies
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REVIEW
Tatyana Dubnikov, Ehud Cohen
Although, protein aggregation and deposition are unifying features of various neurodegenerative disorders, recent studies indicate that different mechanisms can lead to the development of the same malady. Among these, failure in early protein folding and maturation emerge as key mechanistic events that lead to the manifestation of a myriad of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and prion disorders. Here we delineate the cascade of maturation steps that nascent polypeptides undergo in the secretory pathway to become functional proteins, and the chaperones that supervise and assist this process, focusing on the subgroup of proline cis/trans isomerases...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223915/oral-delivery-of-a-synthetic-sterol-reduces-axonopathy-and-inflammation-in-a-rodent-model-of-glaucoma
#17
Wendi S Lambert, Brian J Carlson, Cathryn R Formichella, Rebecca M Sappington, Clarence Ahlem, David J Calkins
Glaucoma is a group of optic neuropathies associated with aging and sensitivity to intraocular pressure (IOP). The disease is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Early progression in glaucoma involves dysfunction of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons, which comprise the optic nerve. Deficits in anterograde transport along RGC axons to central visual structures precede outright degeneration, and preventing these deficits is efficacious at abating subsequent progression. HE3286 is a synthetic sterol derivative that has shown therapeutic promise in models of inflammatory disease and neurodegenerative disease...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223228/drug-discovery-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-models-of-neurodegenerative-and-ocular-diseases
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REVIEW
Sandy S C Hung, Shahnaz Khan, Camden Y Lo, Alex W Hewitt, Raymond C B Wong
The revolution of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology provides a platform for development of cell therapy, disease modeling and drug discovery. Recent technological advances now allow us to reprogram a patient's somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Together with methods to differentiate these iPSCs into the disease-relevant cell types, we are now able to model disease in vitro using iPSCs. Importantly, this represents a robust in vitro platform using patient-specific cells, providing opportunity for personalized precision medicine...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223212/n-butilydenephthalide-exhibits-protection-against-neurotoxicity-through-regulation-of-tryptophan-2-3-dioxygenase-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
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Karthyayani Rajamani, Jen-Wei Liu, Cheng-Han Wu, I-Tsang Chiang, Deng-Huwei You, Si-Yin Lin, Dean-Kuo Hsieh, Shinn-Zong Lin, Horng-Jyh Harn, Tzyy-Wen Chiou
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 or Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD) is characterized by the repetition of a CAG codon in the ataxin-3 gene (ATXN3), which leads to the formation of an elongated mutant ATXN3 protein that can neither be denatured nor undergo proteolysis in the normal manner. This abnormal proteolysis leads to the accumulation of cleaved fragments, which have been identified as toxic and further they act as a seed for more aggregate formation, thereby increasing toxicity in neuronal cells. To date, there have been few studies or treatment strategies that have focused on controlling toxic fragment formation...
February 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223208/characterizing-the-poagome-a-bioinformatics-driven-approach-to-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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REVIEW
Ian D Danford, Lana D Verkuil, Daniel J Choi, David W Collins, Harini V Gudiseva, Katherine E Uyhazi, Marisa K Lau, Levi N Kanu, Gregory R Grant, Venkata R M Chavali, Joan M O'Brien
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a genetically, physiologically, and phenotypically complex neurodegenerative disorder. This study addressed the expanding collection of genes associated with POAG, referred to as the "POAGome." We used bioinformatics tools to perform an extensive, systematic literature search and compiled 522 genes with confirmed associations with POAG and its related phenotypes (normal tension glaucoma, ocular hypertension, juvenile open-angle glaucoma, and primary congenital glaucoma)...
February 18, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
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