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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526745/identification-and-characterisation-of-nanobodies-targeting-the-epha4-receptor
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Lies Schoonaert, Laura Rué, Bart Roucourt, Mieke Timmers, Susan Little, Lucía Chávez Gutiérrez, Maarten Dewilde, Peter Joyce, Adam Curnock, Peter Weber, Jurgen Haustraete, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh-Ghassabeh, Bart De Strooper, Ludo Van Den Bosch, Philip Van Damme, Robin Lemmens, Wim Robberecht
The ephrin receptor A4 (EphA4) is one of the receptors in the ephrin system that plays a pivotal role in a variety of cell-cell interactions, mostly studied during development. In addition, EphA4 has been found to play a role in cancer biology as well as in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Pharmacological blocking of EphA4 has been suggested to be a therapeutic strategy for these disorders...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526701/netrin-1-preserves-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-through-deleted-in-colorectal-cancer-focal-adhesion-kinase-rhoa-signaling-pathway-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
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Zongyi Xie, Budbazar Enkhjargal, Cesar Reis, Lei Huang, Weifeng Wan, Jiping Tang, Yuan Cheng, John H Zhang
BACKGROUND: Netrin-1 (NTN-1) has been established to be a novel intrinsic regulator of blood-brain barrier (BBB) maintenance. This study was carried out to investigate the potential roles of exogenous NTN-1 in preserving BBB integrity after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) as well as the underlying mechanisms of its protective effects. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 309 male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to an endovascular perforation model of SAH...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523433/structural-and-functional-roles-of-ether-lipids
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REVIEW
John M Dean, Irfan J Lodhi
Ether lipids, such as plasmalogens, are peroxisome-derived glycerophospholipids in which the hydrocarbon chain at the sn-1 position of the glycerol backbone is attached by an ether bond, as opposed to an ester bond in the more common diacyl phospholipids. This seemingly simple biochemical change has profound structural and functional implications. Notably, the tendency of ether lipids to form non-lamellar inverted hexagonal structures in model membranes suggests that they have a role in facilitating membrane fusion processes...
May 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522091/trajectories-of-sleep-quality-during-the-first-three-years-after-breast-cancer-diagnosis
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Filipa Fontes, Milton Severo, Marta Gonçalves, Susana Pereira, Nuno Lunet
OBJECTIVE: To identify trajectories of sleep quality up to three years after breast cancer diagnosis and to assess differences in characteristics of patients across distinct trajectories. METHODS: A total of 458 breast cancer patients underwent a neurological evaluation before treatment and at one and three years after diagnosis. Clinical data were obtained throughout the follow-up. Anxiety and depression were evaluated at baseline, using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516265/the-vitamin-d-deficiency-pandemic-approaches-for-diagnosis-treatment-and-prevention
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REVIEW
Michael F Holick
Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is a global health issue that afflicts more than one billion children and adults worldwide. The consequences of vitamin D deficiency cannot be under estimated. There has been an association of vitamin D deficiency with a myriad of acute and chronic illnesses including preeclampsia, childhood dental caries, periodontitis, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, deadly cancers, type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders. This review is to put into perspective the controversy surrounding the definition for vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency as well as providing guidance for how to treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency...
May 17, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515929/clinical-outcome-of-posterior-fixation-surgery-in-patients-with-vertebral-metastasis-of-lung-cancer
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Tomoyuki Igarashi, Keigo Okamoto, Koji Teramoto, Ryosuke Kaku, Keiko Ishida, Keiko Ueda, Yo Kawaguchi, Tetsuo Hori, Masayuki Hashimoto, Shoji Kitamura, Noriaki Tezuka, Jun Hanaoka
Vertebral metastasis of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often leads to neurological paralysis, with deterioration of the patients' activities of daily living (ADL). Surgical treatments for the symptoms are unlikely to be recommended due to the poor prognosis of patients with advanced NSCLC. The aim of the present study was to retrospectively evaluate the clinical outcome of posterior spinal fixation surgery in patients with neurological paralysis resulting from vertebral metastasis of NSCLC. Between April, 2007 and March, 2012, 4 patients (3 men and 1 woman; median age, 56...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513602/tetrahelical-structural-family-adopted-by-agcga-rich-regulatory-dna-regions
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Vojč Kocman, Janez Plavec
Here we describe AGCGA-quadruplexes, an unexpected addition to the well-known tetrahelical families, G-quadruplexes and i-motifs, that have been a focus of intense research due to their potential biological impact in G- and C-rich DNA regions, respectively. High-resolution structures determined by solution-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy demonstrate that AGCGA-quadruplexes comprise four 5'-AGCGA-3' tracts and are stabilized by G-A and G-C base pairs forming GAGA- and GCGC-quartets, respectively...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511975/leptomeningeal-failure-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-receiving-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases
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REVIEW
Edina C Wang, Andrew J Huang, Karen E Huang, Emory R McTyre, Hui-Wen Lo, Kounosuke Watabe, Linda Metheny-Barlow, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Roy E Strowd, Michael D Chan, Brandi R Page
PURPOSE: Prior studies suggest a high incidence of leptomeningeal failure (LMF) in breast cancer metastatic to brain. This study examines breast cancer-specific variables affecting development of LMF and survival after Gamma-Knife Radiosurgery (GKS). METHODS: Between 2000-2010, 149 (breast) and 658 other-histology patients were treated with GKS. Hormone/HER2, age, local/distant brain failure, prior craniotomy, and prior whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) were assessed...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508764/current-incidence-of-different-morphological-types-of-malignant-metastases-to-the-spine-based-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: Malignant tumours particularly often metastasise to the spine, causing considerable pain and limiting the patient's physical function. Standard therapy consists in surgical treatment with adjuvant radiotherapy. The qualification for surgery is a multifaceted process and detailed analysis of the morphology of the metastasis is a key factor. Numerous types of classification of metastatic lesions exist, among which the Tomita system, based on MRI findings, appears to be the most practical...
April 12, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505322/exosomes-in-toxicology-relevance-to-chemical-exposure-and-pathogenesis-of-environmentally-linked-diseases
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Dilshan S Harischandra, Shivani Ghaisas, Dharmin Rokad, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Chronic exposure to environmental toxins has been known to initiate or aggravate various neurological disorders, carcinomas and other adverse health effects. Uptake by naïve cells of pathogenic factors such as danger-associated molecules, mRNAs, miRNAs or aggregated proteins leads to disruption in cellular homeostasis further resulting in inflammation and disease propagation. While early research tended to focus solely on exosomal removal of unwanted cellular contents, more recent reports indicate that these nano-vesicles play an active role in intercellular signaling...
May 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504422/effects-of-mobile-phones-on-children-s-and-adolescents-health-a-commentary
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Lennart Hardell
The use of digital technology has grown rapidly during the last couple of decades. During use, mobile phones and cordless phones emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation. No previous generation has been exposed during childhood and adolescence to this kind of radiation. The brain is the main target organ for RF emissions from the handheld wireless phone. An evaluation of the scientific evidence on the brain tumor risk was made in May 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer at World Health Organization...
May 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502819/functional-relevance-of-mirnas-in-premature-ageing
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REVIEW
Xurde M Caravia, David Roiz-Valle, Alba Morán-Álvarez, Carlos López-Otín
Ageing is a complex biological process characterized by the progressive loss of biological fitness due to the accumulation of macromolecular and cellular damage that affects most living organisms. Moreover, ageing is an important risk factor for many pathologies, including cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer. However, the ageing rate can be modulated by genetic, nutritional, and pharmacological factors, highlighting the concept of "ageing plasticity". Progeroid syndromes are a group of rare genetic diseases that resemble many characteristics of physiological ageing...
May 11, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502330/three-decades-of-follow-up-of-adults-after-recovery-from-invasive-pneumococcal-pneumonia
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Oluwadamilare O Ajayi, Nancy B Norton, Todd W Gress, Ronald J Stanek, Maurice A Mufson
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in adults. Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) carries a high case fatality rate. We investigated the lifespan of adults who recovered from IPD during a 32-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined whether adults discharged after an episode of IPD from hospitals affiliated with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia from 1983-2003 were alive on June 30, 2014...
May 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499713/long-term-outcomes-of-oesophageal-atresia-without-or-with-proximal-tracheooesophageal-fistula-gross-types-a-and-b
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A I Koivusalo, S J Sistonen, H G Lindahl, R J Rintala, M P Pakarinen
PURPOSE: Because of an extended gap between esophageal pouches a variety of methods are employed to treat oesophageal atresia (OA) without (type A) or with (type B) proximal tracheooesophageal fistula. This retrospective observational study describes their single centre long-term outcomes from 1947 to 2014. METHODS: Of 693 patients treated for OA 68 (9.7%) had type A (n=58, 8.3%) or B (n=10, 1.4%). Hospital records were reviewed. Main outcome measures were survival and oral intake...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499438/early-developed-asd-adjacent-segmental-disease-in-patients-after-surgical-treatment-of-the-spine-due-to-cancer-metastases
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Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: The causes of ASD are still relatively unknown. Correlation between clinical status of patients and radiological MRI findings is of primary importance. The radiological classifications proposed by Pfirmann and Oner are most commonly used to assess intradiscal degenerative changes. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of the extension of spine fixation on the risk of developing ASD in a short time after surgery. METHODS: A total of 332 patients with spinal tumors were treated in our hospital between 2010 and 2013...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497259/safety-and-tolerability-of-intravenous-valproic-acid-in-healthy-subjects-a-phase-i-dose-escalation-trial
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Patrick E Georgoff, Vahagn C Nikolian, Tess Bonham, Manjunath P Pai, Celia Tafatia, Ihab Halaweish, Kathleen To, Kuanwong Watcharotone, Aishwarya Parameswaran, Ruijuan Luo, Duxin Sun, Hasan B Alam
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, has beneficial effects in the setting of cancer, neurologic diseases, and traumatic injuries. In animal models of traumatic injury, a single dose of valproic acid has been shown to reduce mortality. The purpose of this trial was to determine the maximum tolerated single dose of intravenous valproic acid in healthy humans. METHODS: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation trial design was used to identify dose-limiting toxicities in healthy subjects who received a single dose of intravenous valproic acid...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496133/folate-metabolism-regulates-oligodendrocyte-survival-and-differentiation-by-modulating-ampk%C3%AE-activity
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Qinjie Weng, Jiajia Wang, Jiaying Wang, Biqin Tan, Jing Wang, Haibo Wang, Tao Zheng, Q Richard Lu, Bo Yang, Qiaojun He
Folate, an essential micronutrient, is a critical cofactor in one-carbon metabolism for many cellular pathways including DNA synthesis, metabolism and maintenance. Folate deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of neurological disease, cancer and cognitive dysfunction. Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) is a key enzyme to regulate folate metabolism, however folate/DHFR activity in oligodendrocyte development has not been fully understood. Here we show that folate enhances oligodendrocyte maturation both in vitro and in vivo, which is accompanied with upregulation of oligodendrocyte-specific DHFR expression...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495807/neurologic-serious-adverse-events-associated-with-nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab-or-nivolumab-alone-in-advanced-melanoma-including-a-case-series-of-encephalitis
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James Larkin, Bartosz Chmielowski, Christopher D Lao, F Stephen Hodi, William Sharfman, Jeffrey Weber, Karijn P M Suijkerbuijk, Sergio Azevedo, Hewei Li, Daniel Reshef, Alexandre Avila, David A Reardon
BACKGROUND: Despite unprecedented efficacy across multiple tumor types, immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy is associated with a unique and wide spectrum of immune-related adverse events (irAEs), including neurologic events ranging from mild headache to potentially life-threatening encephalitis. Here, we summarize neurologic irAEs associated with nivolumab and ipilimumab melanoma treatment, present cases of treatment-related encephalitis, and provide practical guidance on diagnosis and management...
May 11, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492341/implications-of-neurovascular-uncoupling-in-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri-of-brain-tumors
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Rebecca W Pak, Darian H Hadjiabadi, Janaka Senarathna, Shruti Agarwal, Nitish V Thakor, Jay J Pillai, Arvind P Pathak
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) serves as a critical tool for presurgical mapping of eloquent cortex and changes in neurological function in patients diagnosed with brain tumors. However, the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) contrast mechanism underlying fMRI assumes that neurovascular coupling remains intact during brain tumor progression, and that measured changes in cerebral blood flow (CBF) are correlated with neuronal function. Recent preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that even low-grade brain tumors can exhibit neurovascular uncoupling (NVU), which can confound interpretation of fMRI data...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492338/headache-as-a-presenting-symptom-of-glioma-a-cross-sectional-study
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Marco Russo, Veronica Villani, Arens Taga, Antonio Genovese, Irene Terrenato, Gian Camillo Manzoni, Franco Servadei, Paola Torelli, Andrea Pace
Objective The objective of this study was to analyse the prevalence and the clinical features of headache as a presenting symptom of glioma. Methods We interviewed 527 consecutive adult patients with histologically confirmed glioma, admitted to the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute between 2010 and 2015. We defined four headache phenotypes: Tension-type-like headache (TTH), migraine-like headache, worsening of a pre-existing headache (WPH) and classic brain tumour headache (BTH). Logistic regression analysis was carried out to investigate potential risk factors for headache at presentation of glioma...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
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